For the sixth straight year, Georgia has been named the “Top State for Business” by Area Development magazine, a leading publication covering corporate site selection and relocation.

“I am exceptionally proud that Georgia has once again been named the Top State for Business by Area Development,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. “This announcement serves as a powerful testament to what we all know to be true: Georgia is the best place to live, work, and raise a family. Our efforts to cut red tape and ensure our business environment leads the nation continue to lure world-class companies to the Peach State from every corner of the map.”

Steve Syfan, Executive Vice President of Syfan Logistics, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He and the board joined Gov. Kemp for the announcement.

“I’m proud of Georgia and I feel so blessed to be doing business in this great state,” Syfan said.

Area Development surveys site consultants to determine the rankings. The results of the publication’s 2019 Top States for Doing Business report reflect the rankings that states receive based on weighted scores in 12 categories: overall cost of doing business, corporate tax environment, business incentives programs, access to capital and project funding, competitive labor environment, shovel-ready sites program, cooperative and responsive state government, favorable general regulatory environment, speed of permitting, favorable utility rates, leading workforce development programs, and most improved economic development policies.

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Steve Syfan, second from left, joins Gov. Brian Kemp during the “Top State for Business” announcement.