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Jobs created in GA hits record high in 2013

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Gov. Nathan Deal Gov. Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday that the state of Georgia has hit a record high for job creation in 2013.

The Georgia Dept. of Economic Development specifically named Medient Studios as one of the 13 projects in the region that had an impact on the state during the year.

Medient Studios is building a $90 million studioplex in Effingham County that is expected to be the largest of its kind in the U.S. and is expected to to create at least 250 new jobs in the area.

"The 250 jobs cited in this report, that's a large number of jobs especially for our area," said Jay Self, Corporate Affairs for Medient Studios. "But the jobs that it's going to create outside of that is even more significant. They're the type of jobs that are going to last year after year after year. And so it's great to see what's in this report we know its even bigger than this report says. The potential. "

About 34 percent of the new projects came that are investing in Georgia for the first time. About a quarter of the companies that are setting up a Georgia location were by international companies, which represented 1,187 jobs and about $294 million in investment capital, according to a news release.  

"These outstanding results indicate that Georgia is already perceived by companies large and small as the No. 1 place for business," said Deal. "But we will not rest on those laurels. We will continue to cultivate a healthy, resourceful business environment that will attract the corporate expansion activity so important to providing greater opportunities for our citizens."

The Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development facilitated a 10 percent increase in job creation this fiscal year. The nearly 400 company expansion or location announcements within the department has generated 31,656 jobs and $6.07 billion in investment.

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