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January 26, 2012

Governor releases Ga. competitiveness report

VALDOSTA — ATLANTA (AP) — A report aimed at making the state more attractive to businesses cites education and workforce development as the most important factors for companies looking to locate or expand in Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal has released the final report of the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative. At the start of the 2012 legislative session, the governor identified job creation and economic development as his priorities.

The initiative looked at six key factors to attracting businesses, including infrastructure, innovation, friendly business climate, global commerce and government efficiency. Some of the recommendations from the report are already being implemented and proposed at the Legislature, including:

— Proposing a constitutional amendment to define the state’s role in the creation of charter schools;

— Launching a public-private partnership aimed at promoting the state’s technical schools;

— Promoting passage of the statewide regional transportation referenda;

— Proposing legislation to eliminate the state’s energy sales tax on manufacturing.

While priorities varied somewhat across the 12 regions surveyed, most focused on jobs and attracting business, as well infrastructure, innovation and improving the business climate in their area.

The initiative is a public-private venture led by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a 23-member steering committee.

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Online:

http://www.georgiacompetitiveness.org

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