ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An economic development trade magazine ranks Georgia number one in the nation for business.
"We're glad that Albany and Dougherty County is in the greatest state in the United States to do business in," said Justin Strickland, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President.
It isn't the first time the state has received this honor. For the third year in a row, 'Site Selection Magazine' has ranked Georgia as the number one state for business and economic development. Business leaders say the state has a lot to offer.
"I think the collaborations you see in the state between business, industry and government is what makes Georgia one of the best places to do business," said Strickland.
Governor Nathan Deal is crediting the collaboration between the public and private sector for helping to create thousands of jobs.
"Having infrastructure in place so that businesses can operate," said Strickland. "Having a great regulatory environment where government tries to cut through the red tape, through the hurdles to do business."
The General Manager of Flint, Ag & Turf says the state is in an ideal location and has a lot to offer.
"Some of John Deere's equipment, tractors actually are made in Augusta, Georgia and just looking at the number of equipment manufactures and auto manufacturers that have chosen Georgia shows what a great state it is to be doing business," said Jim Pace, Flint, Ag & Turf General Manager.
Strickland says Georgia also has great access to other markets, including through its ports that benefit us here in Albany.
"We have right here in Albany and Dougherty County international companies that make a product that export it through the ports in Georgia," said Strickland.
Flint, Ag & Turf recently expanded to their new location off Hwy 82 in Lee County to have better access to their customers.
"Just pure demographics of our customers," said Pace. "Southwest Georgia is perfect for Ag because of the John Deere name and the farming industry and our customers are here."
Strickland says most businesses that move to Albany look at the success of others here before opening here. He also says that Albany's greatest asset in attracting businesses is its people who know how to make a product and take pride in doing it.