The City of Columbus, Georgia was recognized today as a 2014 Best City for Global Trade by Global Trade Magazine, under the category of Best Site Selection Assistance.
The Top Cities will be named in the November/December issue of Global Trade. It is part of the magazine’s 3rd Annual “America’s Best Cities for Global Trade” report. The report will highlight top 10 American cities in each of the following 10 categories:
BEST TRADE MISSIONS & EXPORT ASSISTANCE
BEST SITE SELECTION ASSISTANCE
BEST SKILLED WORKFORCE FOR MANUFACTURERS
BEST EMERGING CITIES
BEST BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT & INCENTIVES
BEST GLOBAL VIBE
MOST EMPLOYEE-FRIENDLY BEST PROXIMITY TO UNIVERSITIES
BEST LOGISTICS GATEWAYS
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition,” stated Bill Murphy, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “This particular recognition speaks to the professional and thorough work our team does specifically as it related to working with companies who are looking at making investments in our region.”
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor for the Columbus Consolidated Government added, “Our community has a history of working collaboratively on community and economic development priorities. It is good to see that Columbus, Georgia is viewed as favorably around the world as it is at home.”
In 2011, the Valley Partnership was recognized by the Southern Economic Development Council as one of the top agencies in the nation for completing and submitting Request for Proposals (RFPs).
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The Valley Partnership is the Columbus-area organization that does more than help companies relocate to the region: It actively recruits them. As of June 2014, the partnership was pursuing 37 deals worth more than $200 million in investments. Columbus benefits from Georgia’s free-of-charge, customized workforce training program. The city government promises streamlined regulatory and permitting processes, two factors that have attracted $3 billion in new investment and 20,000 new jobs in the past 10 years.