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Business Climate: Research and Technology Support Services

  • Georgia’s public and private universities spent more than $1.3 billion on research and development in fiscal year 2006. More than two thirds of this amount was spent on nine campuses in metro Atlanta, with Georgia Tech, Emory, Georgia State and the Morehouse School of Medicine in the lead.
  • Three of the nation’s top research universities lie within or adjacent to Metro Atlanta. According to the National Science Foundation’s latest report, Georgia Tech with $473 million in R&D expenditures, Emory University with $398 million and the University of Georgia with $333 million placed all three institutions within the top 50 in R&D expenditures in FY 2007.
Top Metro Areas in Higher Ed Research Expenditures
1. Boston
$2,020,000,000
2. New York
$1,420,000,000
3. Baltimore
$1,130,000,000
4. Los Angeles
$1,090,000,000
5. Atlanta
$1,010,000,000
Source: Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, 2008

  • Several globally recognized research centers are headquartered in Metro Atlanta, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Yerkes Primate Center. Douglasville is home to the American Red Cross Southeast Blood Processing Center and Headquarters which is the largest blood processing facility in the world.
  • Metro Atlanta’s higher education institutions house a broad range of technology-focused R&D facilities and programs in which faculty and research scientists make innovative discoveries, many in partnership with local businesses. R&D centers located at both Georgia Tech and Georgia State, which are less than a 30 minute drive from Douglasville, include the following:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
  • Center for Computational Materials Science
  • Center for Signal and Image Processing
  • Composites Education and Research Center
  • Construction Research Center
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources Program
  • Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT)
  • Georgia Tech Broadband Institute
  • Georgia Tech Information Security Center
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center
  • Manufacturing Research Center
  • Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute
  • The Logistics Institute
  • Air Quality Program
  • Environmental Policy Program
  • Environmental Research Center
  • Experimental Economics Laboratory
  • The Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design
  • The Center for Neural Communication and Computation
  • The Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research
  • Water Resources Policy Program