Primary Season State Profile: Georgia

Published by Peter Lawrence on Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:00am

In 2014, 19 percent of Georgia’s nearly 10 million residents lived in poverty, including more than 26 percent of children, ranking the state 47th and 42nd in the country. More than 360,000 households in Georgia pay more than half their income on rent.

Politics

  • Presidential Primary: March 1, 2016
  • Number of delegates: 76 Republican/117 Democratic
  • Allocation method: Winner-take-most (Republican)/Proportional (Democratic)
  • 16 electoral votes
  • 2012 Results: Mitt Romney won Georgia by 53 percent to 45 percent over President Obama.

Tax Credit Usage in Georgia

In December 2015, the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority approved $270 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTCs) for 35 affordable rental housing developments containing 2,668 housing units. Thirty of those were new construction and five were for rehabilitation of existing properties. Thirteen of the 35 LIHTC allocations in Georgia went to rural developments and six were to developments catering to elderly residents. To understand Georgia’s LIHTC priorities, the state’s qualified allocation plan (QAP) is here.

Blog Graph Snapshot: LIHTC Properties and Poverty Rates in Georgia
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The LIHTC, new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) have combined to assist in the addition of nearly 180,000 jobs in Georgia. For other impacts the credits have had in the state, see the table below.

Blog Chart LIHTC, NMTC and HTC Use in Georgia
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Renewable Energy Landscape

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that Georgia does not have installed wind capacity, the state has 12 manufacturing facilities in the state producing products for the wind energy industry. In 2014, the wind energy industry in Georgia supported between 100 and 500 jobs, either directly or indirectly.

There was 45 MW of solar capacity installed in Georgia in 2014. The state ranked 16th nationally in 2014 installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The 204MW of solar energy currently installed in Georgia ranks the state 15th in the country in installed solar capacity. SEIA says several large retailers in Georgia have gone solar, including REI, Anheuser-Busch and Ikea. Ikea has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 1,458 kW of solar capacity at their location in Port Wentworth. There are currently more than 186 solar companies at work in Georgia, employing 2,900 people.