Courtesy: MSN Georgia

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Largest industry: Broadcasting and telecommunications> Industry GDP contribution: $20.44 billion
> Industry output as pct. of GDP: 4.7%
> Industry private workforce: 58,243

There has been an increasing number of film productions and television sets in Georgia in recent years. In 2008, the state offered 20%-30% in tax credits for productions with budgets of at least half a million dollars. Since then, more than 140 movies and television shows have been shot, at least partially, in Atlanta alone.

Thanks in part in part to tax incentives, broadcasting and telecommunications overtook banking as the state’s largest industry, contributing $20.4 billion to GDP