Georgia is a top exporter of wood fuel in the world and offers the forest industry excellent logistics. Georgia also offers a centralized location for business operations in the fastest growing region in the U.S.

Whether traveling by truck, train, air, or sea, Georgia’s excellent transportation logistics allow deliveries to make it to market fast. 

  • Trucks traveling from Georgia reach more than 80% of the U.S. industrial market within two days
  • Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation provide international rail services throughout Georgia on the largest railroad network in the Southeast
  • 80% of the U.S. is within a two-hour flight of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Georgia offers state-of-the-art deep-water ports in Savannah and Brunswick operated by the Georgia Ports Authority. Georgia also offers inland barge operations in Bainbridge and Columbus

Georgia has a strong, vibrant business environment with an extensive network of support services.

  • State tax rate is very competitive nationally
  • State law mandates a balanced budget
  • Georgia is a right-to-work state with the most culturally diverse environment in the Southeast
  • Highly skilled workforce and world-class universities
  • Georgia maintains a AAA bond rating from all three major municipal bond rating agencies
  • 76 countries have a consular, trade, or chamber of commerce office in the state
  • More than 2,500 internationally owned facilities representing 52 countries do business in Georgia

Business & Support Services

Georgia’s workforce is young, well-educated, and growing rapidly.

People

  • Over 100,000 people move to the state each year, making Georgia the 8th fastest-growing state in the U.S. (2010 population of 9.7 million)
  • Georgia’s population is expected to exceed 12 million people by 2030
  • Georgia is getting younger: more than half of Georgians are between the ages of 20 and 54

Education

Georgia’s university system is the 4th largest in the country, including:

  • 13 state universities
  • four research universities
  • seven state colleges
  • two regional universities
  • nine two-year universities
  • an integrated network of 34 technical colleges with multiple campuses

Each year 50,000 graduates of technical, four-year and two-year colleges enter the Georgia labor force. GeorgiaHire.com is a free, online recruiting service that helps companies find the college-educated talent they need.

Training

Georgia QuickStart is a nationally recognized program that provides flexible, customized training through a network of technical colleges and universities. Since 1967, more than 5,600 companies and 706,000 Georgia workers have benefited from this no-cost program.


Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia (2017)Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2007Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2008Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2009Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2010Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2011Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2012Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2013Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2014Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2015Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2016Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Benefits of the Forestry Industry in Georgia-2018Analysis to (1) quantify the level of economic activity conducted by the components of the forest industry, (2) estimate economic activity supported in all Georgia sectors by the industry’s activities, (3) compare the level of activity in the forest industry with other industries, and (4) quantify the economic activity of forest industry sectors within each of the 12 regional commissions in Georgia.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2007)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2008)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2009)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2010)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2011)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2012)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2013)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2014)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.
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Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2015)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2016)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2017)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Economic Impact Fact Sheet (2018)Overview of the annual economic impact of Georgia's forestry industry.PDF
Georgia Certified Mills & Products (2019)This is a list of companies that participated in the Timber Product Output (TPO) annual survey of the primary wood-using industries in Georgia and reported that their wood procurement system and/or listed mills and/or products are certified through SFI, FSC, PEFC or SBP1.PDF
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)GDEcD is the state's lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, and planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.External Website
Georgia Forest Products Exports (2019)An overview of Georgia's largest product exports for 2019. PDF
Sustainability Report for Georgia’s Forests – January 2019Report details the condition of the state’s 24-million acres of forestland. It outlines the numerous economic, environmental, and social benefits of Georgia’s forests and details specific challenges to the resource that provided more than 147,000 jobs and generated nearly $36 billion in economic value to the state in 2017. PDF
Timber Buyers DirectoryThis list is made up of buyers/harvesters who have submitted information to GFC and is not meant as an endorsement of any individual or company. For a full list of Georgia Master Timber Harvesters (GAMTH), visit the GAMTH database.Page on GFC Website