Research Analyst- GDEcD

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Title: Research Analyst

Division: Global Commerce

Organization: Georgia Department of Economic Development 

Location: Atlanta, GA (Hybrid, In-Office and Telework)

Position Type: Full time

Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree 

Experiance: 2 Yrs

Salary: $51k - $56k commensurate with experiance

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, promoting the state as a location for arts and film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

The mission of GDEcD’s Global Commerce division is to market the state for business recruitment, existing business expansion, and small business development. The Global Commerce Research Team helps answer prospects’ questions, develops content for marketing materials, and performs additional research to support Global Commerce’s mission. Primary responsibilities of the Research Analyst position include:


  • Conducting research to help Project Managers respond to Requests for Information (RFIs) from prospect companies and consultants about incentives, taxes, workforce, businesses in the state, and other business competitiveness factors
  • Using Excel, calculate estimates of statutory incentives for prospective projects and their fiscal impact on the state
  • Developing and maintaining a strong knowledge of the requirements of Georgia’s statutory incentives to assist internal and external clients
  • Developing comparisons of incentives, taxes, regulations, costs and other business competitive factors between Georgia and competitor states.
  • Developing, updating, and making accessible information such as lists of Georgia’s largest companies, rankings and accolades for the state, etc.
  • Provide research support on proposed legislation and policy issues.
  • Provide research to answer questions from elected and appointed officials.


  • Develop materials that GDEcD Project Managers can use to build customized PowerPoint presentations.
  • Work with GDEcD’s marketing team to develop content for Global Commerce’s webpages, printed material, and other marketing initiatives, and keep the information updated.
  • Provide information for media requests to GDEcD communications team

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelors degree in related field from an accredited college or university OR 90 quarter hours/60 semester hours from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years of professional experience in closely related field
  • Exceptional research and communications skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze and visualize data and statistics
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, results-oriented
  • Proficient with Internet-based research and Excel Must be curious, likes to dig in to the details and enjoy learning and understanding how government works
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment, and pitch in with other assignments as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Masters-level degree in economic development, public policy, public administration, business, or closely related field.
  • Professional work experience (internships included) in economic development, public administration, public policy or related field within the previous two years.
  • Knowledge of publicly available data sets and subscription data sources.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, ESRI including ArcGIS and StoryMaps.

Additions Details:

Travel Required?: Occasionally

Nights, Weekends Required? Occasionally

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, you must submit your resumé and cover letter (PDF format preferred) via the link on our careers page HERE. If you do not have internet access or require an accommodation because of a disability, please contact GDEcD Human Resources at 404-962-4000 or email