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Georgia Named Top State For Business For Fourth Consecutive Year

This week, Gov. Nathan Deal joined state and local economic development partners to highlight Georgia’s ranking as the top state for business and celebrate the expansion of Atlanta’s technology infrastructure.

“Georgia has once again been named the top state for business, reflecting our collaborative economic development efforts and ongoing investment in the workforce and infrastructure that make us a premier destination for companies looking to relocate or expand their operations,” said Deal. “This week alone, I announced the creation of 1,300 new jobs as a result of the expansion of two of Atlanta’s leading technology firms. These numbers are just the latest testament as to why we continue to hold this coveted position. I am confident that our business-friendly climate and partnership approach to business development will help Georgia remain the nation’s strongest economic engine for years to come.“

Recent highlights include:

  • This week, Deal announced the creation of 1,300 new technology-related jobs as a result of the expansion of Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company specializing in international management and consulting, and OneTrust, a global privacy management software company.
  • This month, Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation, named Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year. The 2017 Top States for Doing Business rankings reflect the results of a recent survey that asked site consultants to provide their top state picks in 12 categories related to companies’ location and facility planning.
  • In addition to being the top state for business, Georgia ranked No. 1 for workforce development programs, and cooperative and responsive state government. View Area Development’s full report on the Top States for Doing Business here.
  • On Tuesday, Deal visited the new Honeywell North American Software Center and announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 30,309 new jobs during FY 17, generating a record-breaking $6.33 billion in investments.
  • GDEcD was rated as the nation’s best state-level economic development organization by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). View the full report of IEDC’s “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey here.

Employment Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Northwest Georgia in August

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Northwest Georgia’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.

Butler said Wednesday that in August the unemployment rate was just 4.7 percent, unemployment claims fell and employment growth continued to climb.

“The August numbers show Northwest Georgia’s economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.

The August unemployment rate was down from 5.1 percent in July. A decline of 2,570 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 5.6 percent.

Unemployment claims were down by 24.3 percent – another good sign for Northwest Georgia’s economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 17.3 percent from August 2016.

There were 12,847 more area residents employed than in August 2016.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It’s great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work”.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 3,259 new active job postings in Northwest Georgia for August.

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Deal: OneTrust to Create 500 Jobs in Atlanta

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering. 

“Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal. “With years of experience in Georgia’s business community, OneTrust’s leadership recognizes the advantages of operating and expanding in our competitive economic environment. By reinvesting in Georgia’s strategic resources and our deep talent pool, OneTrust will grow its access to the global market and reach its customer base more efficiently. This announcement is a testament to the strength of our technology infrastructure and will further strengthen Georgia’s reputation among technology companies in the global marketplace.”

Backed by the founders of Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates and AirWatch, OneTrust is co-headquartered in Atlanta and London. The company is comprised of a global team of privacy and technology experts and currently employs more than 200 individuals worldwide.

“OneTrust plays a critical role in helping global organizations comply with international privacy regulations, and Atlanta serves as the best city for our business with its easy access to global markets,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-chairman of OneTrust. “Having previously built two successful technology companies in this city, I believe Atlanta has the top technology talent pool for building a leading, successful software company to serve our global customer base.”

OneTrust is used by more than 1,500 organizations globally to comply with data privacy regulations across sectors and jurisdictions, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the renowned and transformative new governance coming out of the European Union. The OneTrust platform helps companies track the full lifecycle of their personal data flows and evaluate them against global regulations to understand risks, communicate directly with customers, employees and vendors to capture consent, handle privacy-related requests and respond appropriately in the event of an incident.

“OneTrust is another example of how Atlanta has become a global destination for technology companies in rapidly growing industry sectors like data security,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Since the start of 2016, Atlanta has facilitated more than 6,000 new technology jobs and over $600 million of investment through technology company relocations and expansions.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Life Sciences and Corporate Solutions E. Jane Caraway represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Invest Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Congratulations to Alan Dabbiere and the OneTrust team on plans to grow their business and create jobs in metro Atlanta,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Alan and his partners have established a solid track record of success, and we know that this new venture will be another home run. OneTrust’s growth in Atlanta will strengthen our technology and cybersecurity sectors and will add to our vibrant knowledge-based economy.”

“Governor Deal has made great investments in our technology infrastructure, and we are excited that a pioneer in privacy management, OneTrust, chose Georgia to grow,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia has become a magnet for technology-driven companies, which keeps us at the forefront of the global marketplace. These assets, along with state and local government resources, will be of great service to OneTrust.”

About OneTrust

OneTrust’s privacy management software is used by more than 1,500 organizations to comply with data privacy regulations across sectors and jurisdictions, including the renowned EU GDPR. OneTrust is co-headquartered in Atlanta and London with a fast-growing global team of privacy and technology experts surpassing 200 employees.