Georgia’s outstanding year in global commerce is a byproduct of our pro-business environment. When companies look to relocate or expand, they mainly consider the efficiency of a state’s logistics network, the quality of the workforce and the low cost of doing business. These key aspects have been the foundation from which our No. 1 business climate has been built.
Today’s businesses are more globalized than ever. A company’s need to access key global markets remains vital to staying ahead of competition. Sixteen of Georgia’s Fortune 500 companies can access 80 percent of the U.S. market using Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Ourtransportation network, including 5,000 miles of rail, connects in less than two days to 80 percent of the U.S. market. Georgia’s deep-water ports host more than 40 lines of shipping service and assist companies in gaining access to 70 percent of the nation’s population.
A primary building block of Georgia’s business climate is our highly skilled workforce. The state ranks No. 1 in workforce development and has one of the largest university systems in the U.S. It houses more than 50,000 annual graduates from 31 public colleges and universities. Georgia Quick Start, our workforce program, has trained more than 1 million Georgians and continues to be one of our greatest resources.
These are exciting times for our state, and we will continue to advocate Georgia as the best place to do business.
Chris Carr is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.