Consistently ranking as the No. 1 state for business, speaks volumes to Georgia’s business-friendly environment, world-class infrastructure network, top-notch academic institutions, nationally-ranked training programs and vibrant socioeconomic culture. A leader in the global marketplace – Georgia is known for its quality products and services and an active global community.
The state continues to push forward as a leading economic engine in the United States, with 17 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Georgia including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot and Delta Air Lines.
Key Sectors: Aerospace/Defense; Agribusiness; Energy and Environmental; Food Processing; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Logistics
Learn more by visiting: georgia.org
Georgia is represented on SEUS-CP by Governor Nathan Deal.
International Trade Analyst
Georgia Department of Economic Development
+1 404 962-4061
South Carolina is one of the leading export states in the U.S. In 2016, South Carolina ranked number one among U.S. states and territories in the export of tires, passenger automobiles, ball and roller bearings, and nuclear fuel elements and parts. In total, South Carolina businesses exported $31.3 billion worth of goods to 196 countries. The top three export markets for South Carolina in 2016 were China, Germany and Canada. South Carolina’s business-friendly climate, exceptional market access, low cost of doing business, skilled workforce, nationally recognized worker training program and reliable and affordable energy create an environment where businesses can thrive.
Key Sectors: Vehicles Machinery; Aircraft/Spacecraft; Rubber; Plastic; Electrical Machinery
Learn more by visiting: SCCommerce.com
South Carolina is represented on SEUS-CP by Governor Henry Dargan McMaster.
Chief Protocol Officer
South Carolina Department of Commerce
+1 803 737-0438
In 2016, North Carolina remained a lead exporter with over $6.3 billion in merchandise sent to Canada. Exports to Canada are 21% of North Carolina’s total export volume – making Canada the state’s single largest market.
North Carolina maintains a friendly regulatory environment, ensuring the cost of doing business here remains low in both the short and long-term. North Carolina is ranked nationally for competitiveness, a best state for business, and lowest state and local taxes. North Carolina is a business-friendly state and enjoys the second lowest unionization rate in the nation.
Key Sectors: Industrial Machinery and Computers; Electric Machinery; Pharmaceutical Products; Medical Instruments; Vehicles and Auto Parts
Learn more by visiting: www.edpnc.com
North Carolina is represented on SEUS-CP by Governor Roy Cooper.
Director, International Trade
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
+1 919 447-7757
Tennessee’s reputation for quality of work and lifestyle means that they make cars for Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen and car parts for Bridgestone, Hankook and Denso Manufacturing. It’s why they make guns for Beretta USA and appliances for Whirlpool. It’s why the U.S. defense industry comes to them. It’s why the big brands call on Tennessee — and why they stay.
Companies, investors, shareholders and executives choose Tennessee for our sound fiscal management and significant new investments in our economic ecosystem. Tennessee’s budgetary discipline has allowed us to make meaningful investments in public education, workforce development and our international business reach.
Key Sectors: Aerospace and Defence; Automotive; Chemicals, Plastic and Rubber; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; Energy Technology; Food & Agribusiness; Healthcare & Medical Devices; Business Services; Advanced Manufacturing; Film, Music & Entertainment
Learn more by visiting: www.tnecd.com
Tennessee is represented on SEUS-CP by Governor Bill Haslam.
Leslee T. Alexander
Department of Economic and Community Development
+1 615 483-7293
In 2016, Mississippi exported $2.2 billion in products and services to Canada, a 5% increase over the state’s 2015 export totals. Currently, Mississippi’s top export markets include Canada, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala and China. Canada has been Mississippi’s #1 or #2 export market for as long as the data has been recorded.
Trade between Canada and Mississippi continues to grow, contributing to job creation and greater economic prosperity in both regions. Trade between the two countries grew in 2015 as well, with Mississippi exports to Canada increasing 11.5%.
Key Sectors: Vehicles; Machinery; Electrical Machinery; Furniture and Bedding; Optic/Medical Instruments; Plastic; Aluminum; Tools; Fertilizers; and Iron/Steel Products
Learn more by visiting: mississippi.org
Mississippi is represented by SEUS-CP by Governor Phil Bryant.
Vickie Watters Martin
Canada & Trade Manager
International Trade Office, Global Business Division
Mississippi Development Authority
+1 601 359-3155
Alabama has an exemplary track record in growing its many industrial sectors, from automotive and aerospace companies to life sciences and forestry project firms. The state continues to move forward in bringing today’s technology, research, and manufacturing operations to the marketplace with a competitive business climate and tax structure.
Alabama’s top export market in 2016 was Canada ($4.11 billion) followed by China, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The state’s largest merchandise export category, transportation equipment, experienced a growth, rising to just over $10.11 billion in 2016. Other top exports included chemicals, primary metals, forestry products and machinery.
Key Sectors: Aerospace; Automotive; Bioscience; Chemicals; Corporate Operations; Cybersecurity; Forest Products; Food Products; Distribution; Enabling Technology; Information Technology; Metal Manufacturing
Learn more by visiting: madeinalabama.com.
Alabama is represented in SEUS-CP by Governor Kay Ivey.
Director, International Trade Division
Alabama Department of Commerce
+1 334 242-0442