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Around the State: Economic Development

Still No. 1: For the fourth year in a row, Georgia was named by economic development magazine Site Selection as the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business.


Relocating: The Weather Company is relocating its Metro Atlanta headquarters from Cobb to DeKalb County. The move will create 400 jobs.


Airport Developments: A 440-room, 11-story InterContinental Hotel is slated for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The $250-million hotel is part of a larger 26.5-acre mixed-use development that will include two other hotels and 60,000 square feet of Class A office space within walking distance of the terminal.


Distribution Hub: Sandy Springs-based UPS is investing $400 million into a 1.2-million-square-foot regional sorting and distribution hub in west Atlanta by the end of 2018 that will create 1,250 jobs.


Breaking Ground: The U.S. Army broke ground in November on the $85-million first phase of its Army Cyber Command facility at Fort Gordon outside Augusta that could create up to 16,000 indirect jobs in the region.


Bibb Co. Recycling: Freudenberg Texbond is investing $25 million into its existing Macon facility to add a new manufacturing line. The company recycles plastic bottles for roofing products and other related components.


Bartow Flooring: Shaw Industries Group is opening a $24-million, 67,000-square-foot design and innovation center in Cartersville. Shaw is the county’s largest employer, with more than 3,100 employees.

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