Our Work

Economic Development

The economy of the South has undergone a dramatic shift in the past two decades, away from traditional industries such as textiles and tobacco production, and toward highly-skilled, advanced manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aerospace, bio/lifesciences, energy and information technology. Service-oriented jobs, such as those offered by the tourism industry and other highly-skilled technology jobs now lead economic development activities  in the region.

Southern Governors recognize that we live in a global society and our region’s future economic health is intertwined with Southern states’ relationships with their trading partners around the world. The American South is open for business with foreign countries, and Southern Governors have structured their state’s tax codes, regulations and spending priorities accordingly so as to invite foreign trade and investment to our region.

Our Governors continue to implement and manage economic development initiatives that aim to reduce poverty, increase educational readiness, encourage workforce development and create strong economies that rely on competitive market conditions, all while meeting community needs and developing and maintaining critical infrastructure.

Click here to learn more about SGA's policy platform for regional economic growth.

Specific economic development issues in which SGA is playing a role include:


Regional Economic Development News

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11/6/2015 NC Gov. McCrory, VA Gov. McAuliffe Urge Approval of Offshore Seismic SurveyingBipartisan call for action on survey essential to locating, assessing potential offshore oil, natural gas resources. [Read More]
11/6/2015 Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Business Climate Ranks 3rd Nationally in Site Selection Magazine ReportJumps from 8th place in last year’s survey, largest increase of any state in 2015 Ranking, to achieve highest position ever. [Read More]
11/05/2015 Gov. McCrory Praises Old Dominion Freight Line for Investment in North CarolinaCompany renovation will increase its headquarters capacity by nearly 50 percent, including 300 more workspaces. [Read More]
11/05/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Urges Easing of Cuba Credit RestrictionsSays doing so would open millions of dollars in new markets for Natural State. [Read More]
11/4/2015 TN Gov. Haslam Makes Two Economic Development AnnouncementsOrgill, Inc. to build new world headquarters in Shelby County; Wonderful Group to build first US manufacturing facility in Lebanon. [Read More]
11/4/2015 Gov. Nixon: Missouri Organizations Lead Region in Startup Investment"Show Me" state boasts three of top four venture capital investors in Midwest. [Read More]
11/4/2015 Gov. Mary Fallin: Building a More Competitive Oklahoma, One (Giga) Bit at a Time"...we must continue encouraging investments in our technology infrastructure." [Read More]
11/3/2015 NC Gov. McCrory Designates Nov. 2-6 State Apprenticeship WeekTarheel State committed to helping businesses prosper and workers grow stronger through use of apprenticeship programs. [Read More]
11/3/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Announces Two Economic Development ProjectsAmerican Howa Kentucky to open new plant in Midway; major expansion for auto supplier Bowling Green Metalforming LLC. [Read More]
11/3/2015 Gov. Deal: Georgia Ranked No. 1 State in U.S. for BusinessLeading economic development trade publication, Site Selection, sites Peach State for third year in a row. [Read More]