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2022 was another record year for Georgia, with the state’s total trade exceeding $196 billion across 221countries. Eighty-five percent of the state’s $47 billion in exports came from small businesses with top contributors, including aerospace, AgTech, logistics and manufacturing. “Growing global sales creates real opportunities for Georgia companies and strengthens local communities,” said Mary Waters, GDEcD deputy commissioner of trade. A recent McKinsey report also noted that Georgia’s economy is thriving by many measures, including population, employment and GDP growth. The consultancy notes that the state can grow its GDP by up to $189 billion over the next decade by addressing workforce gaps, healthcare, education and transportation.

"With a focus on innovation and technology, Georgia continues to set itself apart as the No. 1 state for business. Combined with our robust logistics infrastructure, top- ranked workforce training program and collaborative approach, Georgia provides a business-friendly environment that means jobs for hardworking Georgians in every corner of the state and success for both existing and new companies.”
Brian P. Kemp


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Job Tax Credit: Offers a tax credit of between $1,250 and $4,000 per year for five years for every new jobs created.

Port Tax Credit Bonus: Offers a tax credit for companies that increase imports or exports through a Georgia port by 10% for base port traffic amount that equals at leastTEU units.

Quality Jobs Tax Credit: Offers a credit of $2,500 to $5,000 per new job annually for companies that create 50 jobs that pay at least 10% above the average wage of the county.

R&D Tax Credit: Offers a tax credit for research and development activities, including lab work, prototyping products or processes, or conducting tests on new manufacturing equipment.


Georgia Department of Economic Development

Invest Atlanta

Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Economic Development Authority


For four decades, Georgia’s International Trade Division Team has support companies exporting products and services to new markets. All the help is customized and free for Georgia businesses, offering services including market intelligence, key in-country contacts and guidance to help companies with roots in the Peach State diversify and grow.


  • Qcells, a South Korean solar panel manufacturer, announced in January 2023 a $2.5 billion factor and 2,500 jobs in Cartersville and Dalton.
  • Pratt & Whitney announced in June 2023 a $206 million expansion and 400 new jobs in Columbus.
  • Kia announced in July 2023 a $200 million investment and 200 new jobs in its West Point plant.
  • Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solutions announced in August 2023 an additional $2 billion investment and 400 new jobs in Bryan County.
  • Pratt Industries announced in September 2023 a $120 million investment and 125 new jobs in Peach County.


35 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state,including:

  • Home Depot
  • UPS
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Coca-Cola
  • Aflac
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Newell Brands
  • Equifax
  • NCR
  • Primerica

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.