Growing Workforce
Chattooga County has a skilled, highly-productive workforce that is largely non-union. The workforce of Chattooga County has only been increasing during the past quarter century while becoming competitive, responsive, and diverse. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Chattooga County is the perfect place to start growing your business. Workers in the county have backgrounds in a variety of industries, including textiles, chemical manufacturing, medal manufacturing, and a variety of other trades.
The State of Georgia also re-invests in its workers through extensive training programs in partnership with new and existing business and industry. In short, the workers of Chattooga County are ready to help your business achieve new levels of success. Chattooga County workers know what it takes to succeed in today’s market. When it comes to the workforce, we have the winning formula.

Training-Community Colleges, Programs, and Support
Georgia has earned national acclaim for the low- to no-cost resources it provides to help companies maintain a strong, competitive workforce.
            Administered by the Technical College System of Georgia (formerly Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education - GDTAE), Georgia’s nationally recognized Quick Start program provides flexible, customized training through a network of technical colleges and universities. Since 1967, more than 5,600 companies and 706,000 Georgia workers have benefited from this no-cost program.
            For the more than 280,000 students enrolled and 40,000 faculty teaching in the state’s public colleges and universities, Georgia provides the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP). A University System of Georgia program, ICAPP unites the intellectual resources of the state’s educational community with the state’s business sector.
            For your specific industry needs, there’s the Service Industry Academy, Certified Economic Developer Training program, the Georgia Business Expansion Support Act, and other certified-specialist programs to address a number of job categories.
With Georgia’s workforce programs come important tax credits and incentives to encourage workforce development through growth, enrichment, training or retraining. Together, these innovative programs help you build the valuable workforce you need to ensure success for you and your employees. For this or any other information regarding this program, please see

Workforce Investment Board
          The State of Georgia, in an attempt to provide unparalleled support to Georgia’s workers, founded the Georgia Workforce Investment Board. The Board, under the Georgia Department of Labor,  is comprised of individuals representing business, organized labor, migrant farm workers, state legislators, youth and community based organizations, education, county and city elected officials, and state agency heads. State Labor Commissioner Michael L. Thurmond’s unwavering advocacy for Georgia workers is only strengthened through this program.
Members of the Board serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor’s Office, and assist in: preparing the state workforce development plan; designation local workforce investment areas; developing allocation formulas, developing a performance plan with performance measures; developing a system for continuous improvement, preparing the annual report, and developing the statewide employment statistics system.
The Board’s mission is to bring business, labor, education and the public sector together to develop strategies and support efforts to best meet the needs of the state’s workforce and employers, thereby enhancing Georgia’s competitiveness in the global economy. (see the Georgia Department of Labor’s website for more details.)
Workforce Quality
With a civilian labor force of over 2.02 million people, Georgia offers some of the most dedicated and productive workers in the nation. Chattooga County is equipped with a large workforce of over 11,000 workers (approximately 25,000 people live in Chattooga).Currently over 13% of the workforce is looking for work.  Our highly-motivated workforce responds readily to companies’ needs for a quick start. In a region where labor costs are competitive, Chattooga County offers your company a workforce prepared to serve market demands.

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