Resources to Help You Move
Single Corporate Sales Tax
In recent years, Georgia revised its corporate sales tax. The formula rewards investment in Georgia and looks only at the percentage of the company's sales made to customers located within Georgia. See example in right column.
Georgia offers state tax credits to qualifying new/existing companies based on a variety of criteria:
• jobs created
• increase in port shipments
• investment created
• a fast growth small business
• a retraining initiative
• a child care initiative
• research and development.
Ask us for more details on how you would qualify. See example in right column.
Recent legislation offers qualifying businesses sales tax exemptions for: equipment related electricity used for manufacturing.
Hope Scholarship and Grants (Free Tuition)
Georgia's HOPE scholarship is the state's lottery-funded program that rewards Georgia high school graduates with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible institutions of higher learning. College or technical school bound, this is a great resource for your employees and their family members.
OneGeorgia Authority is an economic development tool created by the state legislature, to assist Georgia communities and their industries with grants and loans. Locate South Georgia communities and many of their businesses are recipients of these funds. We have a successful track record with OneGeorgia funding.
Labor/Low Unemployment Insurance
Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced in 2007 a $100 million unemployment insurance tax cut. The tax cut leaves more money in the hands of Georgia's large and small employers. Georgia has the second most solvent unemployment insurance trust fund and the lowest unemployment insurance tax rates in the Southeast.
Certified Work Ready Program
This is a workforce development initiative creating easy access for companies to find qualified workers.
Georgia employees have the right to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union.
Population Growing/More Customers
Georgia is the nation's 10th largest consumer market; up three places from 1990. Census Bureau numbers from July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2006 show Georgia is the 4th fastest growing state.
Georgia Centers of Innovations
There are six centers of innovations with resources available to South Georgia.
Aerospace Agribusiness Energy Manufacturing Life Sciences and Logistics.
Georgia Research Alliance
The heart of the Georgia Research Alliance investment strategy is the Eminent Scholars Program. Renowned scientists are recruited to Georgia from many parts of the world to lead extraordinary programs of research and development with high potential economic development impact for the state.
Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) Program
The University of Georgia offers free business and technical expertise and access to the latest research.
FaciliTech/Georgia Institute of Technology
FaciliTech offers the expertise of Georgia Tech, one of the world's top engineering, technology and research universities to relocating or expanding businesses.
Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute helps enterprises improve their competitiveness through the application of science, technology and innovation.
Export Assistance Center/Georgia Ports
This center brings to bear the resources of the Georgia Economic Development Department and its federal and state agency partners known collectively as the U.S. Export Assistance Center.