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in the U.S. for 14 consecutive years,
and the university also offers a dual
degree program in cooperationwith
the Technical University of Munich.
The state has also developedGeorgia
Quick Start, an exceptional workforce
trainingmodel that currently ranks
No. 1 in the nation, which aims to
supplement international investors
with the qualified personnel they
need. This program has trainedmore
than onemillionGeorgians according
to the skilled labor needs of each
company, thus facilitating a strong
andmutually beneficial partnership
between the Peach State and interna-
tional businesses.
Other Incentives
Georgia is committed to creating a
favorable business climate by
offering various attractive statutory
and discretionary incentives, and has
maintained a comparatively low
corporate tax rate of just 6% since
1969. Companies here can enjoy
diverse energy tax exemptions and
tax credits for job creation. Atlanta
and Savannah are among the state’s
15 free-trade areas inwhich all goods
can be stored and processed tax-free,
which greatly supports the state’s
manymanufacturing and logistics
companies. Many international
companies also appreciate the less
pronounced trade union culture
within the state, and below-average
land and energy prices, a comfortable
climate, and high quality of life are
evenmore reasons whyGeorgia is
such a popular place for investment.
TheGerman Connection
As a respected center for international
trade, Georgia has also become a hub
for various international institutions
that promote direct German-American
relations. TheGermanAmerican
Chamber of Commerce of the
SouthernU.S., Inc. (GACC South) is
one of these key players, helping
German-based companies to profit
from their 35 years of experience in
the areas ofmarket entry and
expansion, and networking events.
With almost 40 employees inAtlanta
andHouston, theGACC South has
more than 700members and hosts
over 100 networking events every
year throughout the South. The
GeorgiaDepartment of Economic
Development (GDEcD) is another
institution that works round the clock
to inform potential investors at home
and abroad about themany benefits
of doing business inGeorgia, and
even has a dedicated office inMunich
to establish andmaintain personal
relationshipswith potential German
investors. German culture has also
found a special place in the heart of
Georgia, with institutions like the
Goethe ZentrumGerman School of
Atlanta and theGerman-American
Cultural Foundation that actively
promote theGerman language and
culture.With over 45,000German
citizens living in theMetroAtlanta
Area, Germany is themost widely
represented European group in
Atlanta (U.S. Census Bureau: Current
Population Survey, 2012). Georgia’s
strongGerman-American partnership
leaves the Peach State poised to
remain a strong, ever-growing center
for German business and investment
formany years to come.
Selection of German Subsidiaries
BASF Corp. (Savannah)
BESTAR, LLC (Atlanta)
BLG Logistics, Inc. (Marietta)
BMW of NorthAmerica, LLC (Atlanta)
BoschRexrothCorporation (Duluth)
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (Gainesville)
CoppenrathUSA, LP (Cumming)
Dachser Transport of America, Inc. (Atlanta)
DB Schenker (College Park)
DEKRANorthAmerica, Inc. (Marietta)
DEUTZ Corporation (Norcross)
Ernst & Young, LLP (Atlanta)
Expotechnik America, Ltd. (Suwanne)
GrenzebachCorporation (Newnan)
Hansgrohe, Inc. (Alpharetta)
Haver Filling Systems, Inc. (Conyers)
HeidelbergUSA, Inc. (Kennesaw)
Hella, Inc. (Peachtree City)
I.K. HofmannUSA, Inc. (Atlanta)
IFF, Inc. (Atlanta/College Park)
INPNorthAmerica, Inc. (Alpharetta)
JamestownManagement Corp. (Atlanta)
KettenWulf USA, LP (Austell)
Kraiburg-TPE (Duluth)
Kuehne +Nagel Inc. (East Point)
Lufthansa Cargo (Atlanta)
PFAFF Industrial of America, Inc. (Norcross)
Poggenpohl Atlanta (Atlanta)
Porsche Cars NorthAmerica, Inc. (Atlanta)
Porsche Consulting, Inc. (Atlanta)
Robert BoschCorporation (Atlanta)
Rödl & Partner / Rödl Langford de Kock (Atlanta)
Senator International Freight Forwarding, (Atlanta)
Siemens Energy, Inc. (Atlanta)
Siemens Healthcare, Inc. (Atlanta)
Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta)
ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Marietta)
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, Inc. (Atlanta)
WIKA Instrument, LP (Lawrenceville)
ZF Sachs-NorthAmerica (Newnan)
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