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State of doing business in Savannah

Sep 19, 2015
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Savannah’s beautiful preserved history has long been its signature trait. The city’s storied past will always make it distinct, but it is Savannah’s business future that is gaining attention from industries worldwide.

“Our region is incredibly connected, offering extensive infrastructure via the Port of Savannah, two Class One railroads and an international airport that is a 30-minute flight away from Atlanta, Georgia,” said Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) President and CEO Trip Tollison.


Internationally renowned Gulfstream Aerospace is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia and employs more than 10,000 people.

The Port of Savannah is the fourth largest in the U.S. and has been the fastest growing in the country over the last decade. It is also the only port to partner with all Asian members of the G6 Alliance, made up of the world’s largest shipping companies.

Japan is the seventh-largest export market for Georgia and is ranked sixth among Georgia’s top import countries.

Savannah’s economy is diverse with five major pillars: advanced manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, tourism, healthcare and military.

Savannah is also known for being an incubator for emerging industries, a filming location for movies, and the headquarters to major companies such as Gulfstream Aerospace and Colonial Oil.

And with a skilled workforce, available property and a community committed to everyone’s success, Savannah has everything to propel business in the region.

“With incredible assets and a diverse economy, it’s no wonder that Savannah is located in the number one state for doing business,” said Tollison. Both Site Selection magazine and CNBC have named Georgia No. 1 for doing business.

SEDA’s mission is to attract jobs and investment to the region. Whether a business is looking to relocate or an existing business is ready to expand, SEDA is the centrifuge of a propeller, making the connections to help propel the business to success.

Through its business attraction, business retention and expansion and its World Trade Center Savannah, SEDA offers customized services, connecting companies to the resources needed, including workforce programs, infrastructure, available properties, incentives and more.    

Georgia’s newest investment magnet

Sep 19, 2015
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Established in 1962 to create new jobs and capital investment, the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority has created the first “eco” industrial park in Georgia with The Lakes at Green Valley.

Owned by the development authority, the industrial park focuses on sustainability standards for site development and building construction, creating a beautiful campus setting while helping to preserve the planet.

The Lakes at Green Valley in Georgia’s Griffin-Spalding area has aroused interest among many foreign investors, particularly Otsuka, Toppan, and Marukan of Japan.

The park provides rough graded sites with infrastructure to the property lines of each of the sites. There are seven lakes on the property that serve as retention and/or detention ponds for each of the sites, all of which are ready for occupation.

“The Lakes at Green Valley is our newest park. Although it is mostly industrial it is a mixed-use park with sites for retail, commercial, recreational and industrial purposes,” explained Griffin-Spalding Authority Executive Director David Luckie.

Attracting international attention, several Japanese companies, such as Otsuka, Toppan and Marukan, have already established operations in The Lakes at Green Valley.

“We’ve done all the testing and the development you can do before actually starting construction of a building, along with utilities noted above and that is at no extra cost. Each site is sold at a very attractive price,” Luckie said.

Backed by a very appealing incentive package, The Lakes at Green Valley provides amenities to accommodate a wide variety of industries.

“Japan is certainly at the top of our target market. They are extremely great to work with. We want to continue working to attract more Japanese businesses and offer assistance to make them feel comfortable here,” Luckie said.

Southern USA 2015 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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