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For the seventh consecutive year, Georgia ranked No.1 for its business climate by Site Selection Magazine, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

“From day one of my administration, we have been laser-focused on creating opportunities for hardworking Georgians in every corner of the state,” Kemp said at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, Georgia.

The business-centered publication releases its Top State Business Climate rankings each November. States were evaluated equally on the magazine’s criteria and expert survey.

In September, Georgia also was selected for the sixth consecutive year as the best state to do business in by corporate publication Area Development. It also received an A+ for its small business friendliness from Thumbtack.

“Our efforts to cut burdensome regulations, continue developing a world-class workforce, and market all regions of the Peach State through the formation of a Rural Strike Team have not gone unnoticed, and this announcement affirms that,” Kemp said.

To secure Georgia's business climate, officials have implemented programs and infrastructure improvements that have driven job growth and lubricated the economy.

The state has also financed improvements to the Port of Savannah and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to promote more intermodal commerce. 

Georgia has a high-ranking workforce training program called Georgia Quick Start. The Georgia Department of Economic Development has reported the creation of nearly 29,000 new jobs through the location of 332 projects.

“Under Governor Kemp’s leadership, our partnership approach to economic development has enabled us to maintain a competitive edge in attracting new business and expanding our existing industries,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said.

Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.