Why SE Georgia?


Why South East Georgia?

Why are the sixteen counties in the South East of the US state of Georgia a great place to enter the US market? This is a question that initially comes to mind when discussing the TradeBridge programme.

While historical ties are the foundation from which the programme was imagined and built, we know that this alone isn’t enough to make a sound business decision.

When considering expanding into the US market, it’s vital to know what to expect and how it might affect your company and your employees.

About the State of Georgia

No.1 in the U.S. for Business

Area Development Magazine ranked Georgia ranked as the No. 1 state in the U.S. for ‘Doing Business’ for the eighth consecutive year. The magazine says Georgia got top scores in categories including the cost of doing business, state government cooperation and responsiveness and labour market competitiveness.

Excellent Infrastructure

The state of Georgia is one of the most connected locations for international business and industry in North America possessing a diverse economy.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the largest aviation hub in the world, is a short flight from Savannah Airport and the top-ranked highway system of Interstate 95 (east-west) and Interstate 16 (north-south) also contributes to the well-developed infrastructure. While along the Georgia coast, there are five major ports including the Port of Savannah, the third busiest and fastest growing port in the US.


Savannah is the largest urban area in the coastal region of Georgia and where the Irish diaspora is most concentrated. It also has the fastest growing industrial market in the United States.

Aesthetically, Savannah is home to the largest landmarked historic district in the US, more art galleries per capita than New York City, 22 grassy moss-draped squares, award-winning restaurants, a host of cultural events and miles and miles of sandy beaches along its coast, with 258 days of sunshine on average per year.

Savannah Metropolitan Area

  • 14% – Population growth in the past decade
  • 457K+ – The number of young and highly skilled workers
  • 36 – The median age of its workforce
  • $290,000 (€250,000) – Average house price
  • 15:1 – Average student to teacher ratio in the public primary and secondary schools
  • 24.4 minutes – Average commute time

Population (2019)

  • Savannah 148K
  • Savannah MSA 405K
  • Appling County 18.5K
  • Brantley County 19K
  • Bryan County 40K
  • Bulloch County 80K
  • Burke County 22.5K
  • Camden County 54.5K
  • Candler County 11K
  • Chatham County 295K
  • Charlton County 13K
  • Effingham County 64K
  • Glynn County 85K
  • Jenkins County 9K
  • Liberty County 61.5K
  • McIntosh County 14.5K
  • Screven County 14K
  • Wayne County 30K
  • Georgia 10.7M

Georgia named ‘Best Place’ to do business’

Low Tax Rate

The State Corporate Tax Rate in Georgia is comparatively low at 5.75%. The top rate of Georgia State Income Tax is also 5.75%. While the Sales Tax on goods and services, the Irish VAT equivalent, is 7%, though this may vary slightly within the region.

South East Georgia, Excellent Infrastructure

High Quality of Life

Georgia has a low cost of living, little traffic congestion and a year-round climate perfect for outdoor leisure activities.

  • Georgia named the ‘Best place to do business’ for the 8th consecutive year
  • 72,000+ students in 3rd level education within 17 the colleges and universities
  • 39% of the population holds a 3rd level degree
  • Low cost of living compared to other regions in the US
  • Excellent Infrastructure
  • Warm and sunny climate
Savannah Waterfront, Georgia, USA.
72,000+ students in 3rd level education

“’The connections we made in Savannah would be next to impossible to make without participating in TradeBridge.”
Michael Gately, Vice-President of International Development, Kersia Group