Spotlight: Savannah, GA Aims to Attract German Companies

Manufacturing Plant in Savannah, GA

Manufacturing Plant in Savannah, GA, USA

Germany is one of the countries named on the recently published target list of the World Trade Center Savannah, GA for 2013. According to the regional economic development organization, the list reflects which countries hold the most potential for international commerce throughout the southeastern Georgia and southern coastal Carolina region. Germany was selected because its companies have long been active in the region, which has attracted German-backed businesses like EMD Millipore and BASF. Georgia BioMass is owned by German-based RWE Innogy. The Georgia Department of Economic Development maintains a trade office located in Munich, Germany.

Throughout 2013, World Trade Center Savannah will focus marketing and sales efforts to attract regional investments of international companies as well as promote regional businesses, announced WTCSav Chairman  Eric Johnson. “It is all about attracting investment and creating good jobs,” he said.

Almost 600 Business Sites of German Companies in Georgia

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, its most recent survey found 598 facilities of subsidiaries of German companies in the state, which provided more than 24,000 jobs. Of those, more than 13,000 were in manufacturing.

In the Savannah area, there are 17 colleges and universities with more than 6,800 graduates every year in fields like digital media, engineering or economics. In addition, Savannah is home to a large military population at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

Savannah Technical College (STC) offers Certificates in Manufacturing, Warehouse & Distribution, Leadership and Customer Service. Students can also enroll in 16 Associates Degree programs, 24 diploma programs and 38 certificate programs.

Sources: WTCSav News Release, GUCC Research