At the press conference, Deal touted the state’s job growth and workforce training programs as also being vital to the ranking.
“We have an economy that is clicking on all of its cylinders,” Deal said.
Site Selection is but one group that promotes business rankings.
The state Department of Economic Development also spends a portion of its marketing budget attempting to reach influential business leaders who read the magazine.
Through the end of fiscal 2016, the state’s economic development agency had spent about $150,000 advertising in the magazine since Deal was elected, including $48,000 last year.