State & Regional Rankings and Accolades

Atlanta and Metro Area

  •  #1 – Top Metros for Low Cost of Doing Business
              KPMG, Competitive Alternatives: Guide to International Business Location, March 2010
  • #1– Best Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs
              Forbes Magazine, March 23, 2011
  • #1 – Top 10 Cities for New Grads
              CareerBuilder, 2010
  • #2 –Metro for Doing Business
              Area Development magazine, September 2010
  • #2 – Entrepreneurial Activity by Metropolitan Area
              Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, March 2011
  • #2 – America’s Most Wired Cities
              Forbes magazine, March 2, 2010
  • #3– Top 10 Major Cities Business Friendliness
              fDi Magazine from the Financial Times Limited, April/May 2011
  • #5– 10 Best Cities to Find a Job
              CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index, May 2011
  • #5 – Top 10 Overall American Cities of the Future (and North American Cities of the Future)”
              fDi Magazine from the Financial Times Limited, April/May 2011
  • #6 – 2010 Top Metros
              Site Selection Magazine, March 2011
  • #9 – America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals
              Forbes magazine, June 17, 2010

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport rankings:

  • World’s most traveled airport by passenger volume
  • World’s most efficient airport
  • World Air Cargo Award for Airport of the Year
  • Award of Excellence for Best North American Cargo Operations

*Information courtesy of: Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; PG Research; Howire Travel Value Index, March 2011; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Air Transport Research Society; Air Cargo Week Magazine, Air Cargo World Magazine, 2010-2011.

State of Georgia

  • #1 – State for Labor Climate
              Area Development Magazine
  • #1 – Entrepreneurial Activity by State
              Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, March 2011
  • #1 – Entrepreneurial Activity
              US Chamber Top Enterprising States, 2011
  • #1 – State for labor availability and workforce development programs
              Area Development Magazine
  • #2 – 2011 Top State Business Climate Rankings
              Site Selection Magazine, November 2011
  • #2 – State for Doing Business
               Area Development Magazine
  • #2 – Port of Savannah is the second-busiest containerized exports port (by tonnage) in the United States
              U.S. Department of Commerce
  • #2 – State for Infrastructure
              Area Development Magazine
  • #3 – 2011 Executive Survey Business Climate Rankings
              Site Selection Magazine, November 2011
  • #4 – America’s Top States for Business 2011
              CNBC, June 2011
  • #4 – Among U.S. states for number of Fortune 500 company headquarters
              CNN money, 2010
  • #9 – Cost of Living
              US Chamber Top Enterprising States, 2011

*Information courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development and PG Research.