The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
Georgia’s strength as a location for business lies in its diversity. From Fortune 500 headquarters to a thriving startup scene, Georgia is a place where all can be successful. With a mix of key industries which include aerospace, automotive, life sciences, manufacturing, technology, and logistics, and a diverse workforce, Georgia has been repeatedly ranked as “The Number One State to Do Business” by both Site Selection and Area Development Magazine.
The State of Georgia has maintained an office in Europe since 1973 to support European companies as they look to enter or expand in the US. Georgia’s Europe Office is one of 12 international offices for the state and is based in Munich, Germany.
Our economic development successes are based on strong partnerships. Private–public partnerships give Georgia businesses a competitive advantage. Dozens of development agencies across the state collaborate on an ongoing basis to create partnerships that guarantee the future health and strength of Georgia’s economy and the companies that drive it. The result is innovative programs that accelerate industry growth, help educate diverse workforces and connect business leaders, while creating thousands of new jobs and hundreds of new businesses.
Helps accelerate economic development by creating a powerful voice for Georgia’s pro-business climate by building upon the professional relationships important to attracting, retaining, and growing world-class capital investment and quality jobs throughout Georgia.
Serves as an advocate and resource for local governments, operating state and federal grant programs including a variety of economic development incentives and tools designed to help promote growth and job creation throughout the state.
Successfully provides high-quality training services at no cost to new or expanding businesses across the state, and helps Georgia’s workers adapt and thrive in the fast paced economy of the 21st century.
Georgia is a unique state in terms of its geography, history and culture. Key industries such as Arts, Commerce, Film, Music, and Tourism shape the economy and its people. We, as a state, integrate and support them collectively to create and sustain a diversified economy. And when we bring them together we have a very powerful story to tell. Watch this video to experience what Georgia has to offer you.