The State of Georgia had a great year when considering film and commerce.

Governor Brian Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Tuesday to announce what he called the “record-breaking impact the Global Commerce and Film Divisions “had in Georgia during fiscal year 2019 (FY19), which ran from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

The Global Commerce Division supported the creation of 28,960 new jobs – generating more than $7.4 billion in investment through the location of 332 projects – while 399 productions filmed in Georgia resulted in a record $2.9 billion invested in the state.

“With record-breaking years in global commerce and film, Georgia leads the nation as the best state for business for the sixth straight year,” Governor Brian P. Kemp said in a news release. “The Peach State remains the Hollywood of the South, and companies across the globe have Georgia on their minds as a great place to invest, expand, and relocate. I applaud our economic development team for their tireless efforts to ensure Georgia remains a leader in job growth and the standard for a pro-business environment.”

GDEcD is the state’s sales and marketing arm and the lead agency for attracting new business investment. The Department encourages the expansion of existing industry and small businesses by locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts, film, music, and digital entertainment projects. GDEcD is also primarily responsible for planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

The 332 projects located by the Global Commerce team in FY19 include new locations and existing industry expansions along with record-breaking investment ($7.4 billion) and 28,960 new jobs. Seventy-four percent of the total economic development announcements were outside of the Atlanta area. Industries with significant job growth in FY19 include FinTech, health IT, and manufacturing. Thirteen Korean projects represent the most jobs created as well as the highest investment percentage from a single country.

In addition, Global Commerce’s Entrepreneur and Small Business team connected with more than 1,600 individuals through presentations, outreach, and one-on-one meetings in FY19.

Georgia has quickly become one of the top filming locations in the world. 399 productions filmed in Georgia in FY19 included 26 feature films, 31 independent films, 214 television series, 91 commercials and 29 music videos. The FY19 spend is preliminary and expected to increase as productions finalize their numbers. In FY18, film and television productions spent $2.7 billion in Georgia.

A spokesperson from the GDEcD said “The entertainment industry has found a home in Georgia.”

Click here for a list of Georgia-lensed productions currently in theaters or set to premiere.

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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. She has a background in Political Science, with a focus in local government, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She's a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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