Georgia ranks No. 1 state for business for 10th straight year

Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 3:28 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that Georgia again has been ranked the No. 1 state for business by Area Development magazine.

During a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion, how noted that beyond being overall No. 1, the state has the top spot in seven categories.

He cited as a factor the completion of the yearslong expansion of Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro that includes Units 3 and 4.

It’s the state’s 10th year to earn the top ranking.


“For 10 straight years, the people who help businesses choose where to make long-term investments have repeatedly said Georgia is the best state in the nation for opportunity,” Kemp said. “Despite the unprecedented challenges we’ve seen in recent years, men and women across Georgia continued putting in countless hours of hard work for their communities. Thanks to their efforts, we’ve brought record-breaking jobs and investments to all four corners of the state, especially to rural Georgia.”

Notably, Georgia earned a No. 1 ranking for the 14th year in a row for its nationally recognized workforce development program – Georgia Quick Start – in addition to a No. 1 ranking for competitive labor market.

Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns, R-Newington, joined Kemp at the news conference.

“Georgia’s business climate speaks directly to the importance we place on expanding economic opportunity for our residents,” Burns. “The General Assembly continues to focus on reducing Georgia’s tax burden, keeping our regulatory environment business-friendly, and ensuring our state has a well-educated, ready workforce.”