Top Ten Reasons To Locate in South Georgia
1. Logistics/Access to Market
Companies in South Georgia have convenient access to major highways, transportation hubs and the rest of the country. South Georgia is a few hours from coastal ports and international airports, including those of Atlanta, Jacksonville,FL. and Tallahassee,FL. With 5,000 miles of track, Georgia's rail system is the most extensive system in the Southeastern United States.
2. Affordable Land
Within our communities there are hundreds of acres of developable land, much of which are site ready with utilities, roads and initial environmental permitting complete.
3. Plentiful Water
South Georgia sits on the Floridan Aquifer, an abundant ground water source which lies below a confining layer of clay that protects the water from contamination. It is estimated that the total quantity of freshwater in this aquifer is more than one quadrillion gallons.
4. Housing Affordability
South Georgia's low cost-of-living keeps more money in your employees' pockets. On a median-priced home, locating in South Georgia would save a homeowner more than $200,000 versus locating in Tampa-St. Petersburg.
5. Business Climate
Georgia is ranked 2nd in the nation for doing business (Site Selection Magazine, November 2007). In 2009, CNBC named Georgia #10 in the top states for business. Georgia received high marks in workforce, technology and innovation and infrastructure.
6. Low Cost of Doing Business
South Georgia enjoys competitive energy rates and low start-up costs. The region's insurance rates are among the lowest in the Southeast.
7. Workforce Training/Quick Start
There are eight public institutions of higher learning in South Georgia, as well as numerous private institutions. Georgia's Quick Start has provided free, customized work force training to qualified businesses for more than 40 years.
8. Local Incentives
South Georgia communities are pro-business and dedicated to meeting your relocation needs. Communities' relocation incentives may vary, but all offer attractive aid.
South Georgia is about 200 miles from the state's deep-water ports. In 2006, Georgia ranked 14th in the nation in terms of export value, and exported to 206 foreign destinations.
Of the six Georgia Centers of Innovation, three - agriculture, logistics and information technology - are less than 85 miles from South Georgia. The centers provide access to university-level research and development; industry-specific incubator space; training; business management services; matching research grant funds; and access to industry leaders and potential investors.
The leaders in South Georgia communities find partners, such as the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for their businesses.