About the State of Georgia
Georgia, one of the original Thirteen Colonies, is steeped in rich history and cultural significance. As the last of the colonies established in 1733, it played a pivotal role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Known for its diverse landscapes ranging from mountains to coastal beaches, Georgia is a hub of economic activity, particularly in Atlanta, its capital and largest city. The state holds a special place in American history as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy continues to influence and inspire global human rights efforts.
As the eighth most populous state in the U.S., Georgia showcases a dynamic economic landscape marked by thriving logistics, manufacturing, and retail industries. The state is also home to the Atlanta MSA, and major cities like Atlanta, Columbus, Augusta, Savannah, Athens, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Warner Robins, Johns Creek, and Albany.
Industry in Georgia
Georgia's logistics industry is a cornerstone of its economy, significantly contributing to job creation and overall state GDP. The state's logistics network is a major attraction for businesses, with one in nine jobs in Georgia linked to this sector. Key logistics assets include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and the Port of Savannah. There are $1.8 billion planned investments in the ports, while the logistics industry's total sales impact in Georgia soared to $83.4 billion in 2021, the ports alone generating 9% of the state's total GDP at $59 billion annually.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s manufacturing industry contributes $59.5 billion to the state's output, supported by approximately 289,000 production workers. The state is a national leader in advanced manufacturing, with a 10-year GDP growth outpacing the U.S. in sectors such as automotive, machinery, electrical equipment, and fabricated metals. In addition, the well-integrated transportation network, provides a competitive edge to manufacturers.
Georgia has a skilled and diverse workforce of 5.3 million people, pro-business environment (including a corporate tax rate of 5.75%) and is home to 440 of the Fortune 500 companies, with 18 of them having their headquarters in the state, including Coca Cola, Delta Airlines and Home Depot.