This report examines the fiscal impact of the Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act (GARJA).
The portfolio provided to the research team represented $100 million of investments that were made in 33 rural Georgia companies. These investments were directly responsible for the creation, or retention, of more than 1,000 jobs across rural Georgia in various industries. Combined, these jobs represent nearly $50 million in personal income in rural Georgia.
These jobs and their related economic activity are projected to generate $23.4 million annually for all levels of government across the state. About $10.7 million of that is expected to accrue to the state. Conservatively assuming that no more jobs were created over the next 10 years in these businesses, the return ratio to the State of Georgia would be 1.56 after 10 years. In other words, over a 10-year period, if these jobs are maintained, the state could expect to get back 56 percent more in revenue than it gave in credits.