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The roots of the Georgia Partnership are in the business community as it was established in 1992 as a joint effort between the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association in an effort to better focus on education issues.

Who are we?  What do we do?  Here is our latest Power of the Partnership report (2017): Partnering With Us  

Now, 25 years later, the Partnership is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that maintains a close and strong working relationship with the business community.  We are an affiliate member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and advise their education committee.  You will often find the Georgia Partnership serving as the business voice in a variety of education discussions.

What can we do for you? The Georgia Partnership stands ready to offer advice and counsel on the key education issues that impact the economic environment of individual communities as well as the business competitiveness of our state.  Without a strong, successful education system, commerce will look elsewhere for an educated, trainable workforce. We all lose if that happens. It is in the best interests of business to be aware and involved.  The Georgia Partnership can help.

Our Economics of Education briefings and publications have been provided to business audiences across the state.  We continue to field requests to meet with community representatives as we prove the inextricable link between education and individual as well as collective prosperity.  See the Economics of Education page.  Check out the fifth edition of the Economics of Education report.

Check below and the left side of this page. You will find various resources designed to create a better informed business community.  Don't hesitate to call on us.

Plan to attend our next Critical Issues Forum, Public Perceptions & Charting Education, November 9, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Loudermilk Conference Center.  Details.

Here are some helpful business/education links:

Daily business news: Georgia Trend Daily (sign up for daily E-mail feeds). Crain's Atlanta offers another source (sign up for E-mails).

- Georgia's Career Pipeline - Connecting Employers to Georgia's Future Workforce
- Business Roundtable - Education and Workforce
GeorgiaTrend Magazine
- Junior Achievement of Georgia
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Educationhttp://www.uschamberfoundation.org/center-education-and-workforce
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
- Georgia Competitiveness Initiative
- Georgia Council on Economic Education
- Great Promise Partnership
- National Center on Education and the Economy
- Committee for Economic Development
- Technology Association of Georgia
- TAG-Ed - TAG Education Collaborative
- Go Build Georgia (The college route may not be for everyone.)
- Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

The Georgia Partnership's last Critical Issues Forum focused on "Closing Georgia's Talent Gap."  Here is the video report.  The featured speaker was Georgia Chamber of Commerce president, Chris Clark.  Here are his PowerPoint slides.

Forum Media Reports
If they aren't going to college or job training, where are Georgia's high school grads going? - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Education Forum: Georgia's Workforce Could Face a Talent Gap - WABE Radio
Lack of young talent impacting economic development - CNHI News Service
Rural Georgia is losing residents and jobs.  Will anything bring young people back? - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Recent Reports of Interest - (Also, check the left side of this page for recent - last three months - business/education related articles.) 

Policy Snapshot - Attainment Goals and Plans - What Is the Issue and Why Does It Matter?
Education Commission of the States

Nearly every state has or is considering a post-secondary attainment goal rate of 55 percent or above and current averages fall as low as 33 percent.  Related story. (October 31)

The Economic Impact of Increasing College Completion
American Academy of Sciences

College completion rates are low. Programs that help students complete college cost money. What if we invest in helping more students graduate from college?  What would this mean for the American economy? Press release.  Related story. (October 30) 

Degrees of Opportunity - Lessons Learned from State-Level Data on Post-Secondary Earnings Outcomes
American Enterprise Institute

According to this report, many certificate and non-degree programs can be a path to the middle class. Introduction. Related story. (October 25)

Talent Pipeline Management Curriculum
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

This new curriculum represents the Foundation's hope that employers, higher education and government can use this new tool to better collaborate on closing the skills gap. Related story.(October 19)

The Georgia Partnership has released its STEAM Asset Map.  According to the Partnership's president, Dr. Steve Dolinger, "We developed this tool to provide the business and philanthropic communities with the visualization of the current landscape of STEAM investment in Georgia.  It is our hope that this map will drive further investment into STEM and STEAM education, as well as connect schools and students with opportunities to enhance their endeavors in these areas." More on STEAM.

Many Miles to Go - Filling the Middle Skills Gap and Change Education Outcomes and Fill the Middle Skills Gap
Education's Next Horizon

Although these two reports are focused on Louisiana, they have relevance for Georgia.  Many jobs across our state require more than a secondary education but less than a 4-year degree.  Are we preparing enough skilled workers to fill these needs? (October 17)

Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Falling Behind
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce 

Although the numbers of Latino students participating and succeeding in post secondary work are increasing, they are not keeping up with their peers. Related story. (October 12)

Special Report:  Schools and the Future of Work
Education Week

There is so much change going on in our world.  Technology upgrades seem to be announced daily. So, how is this changing the American workplace and what does it all mean for work force readiness? (Subscription or free registration required.) (September 27) 

Later School Start Times in the U.S. - An Economic Analysis
The Rand Corporation

Many studies have indicated moving back the school start time will improve not only student outcomes but public safety and will positively impact the economy. Related story. Differing opinion. (September 6)

The Economic Impact of the University System of Georgia Institutions on Their Regional Economies in FY 2016
Commissioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

This study reveals some amazing numbers such as the system represents 157,967 full-and part-time jobs (3.6% of all jobs in Georgia). Related story (subscription may be required). (August 23)

The Promise of the State-Federal Partnership On Workforce Development & Training
National Governor's Association

This report urges the federal government's support for continuing work spurred by the 2014 passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - federal legislation aimed at streamlining public support of workforce development programs, including institutions at the higher ed level. Related story. (August 16)  

Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce 

This study calls for states to help studennts, their families and employers unpack the meaning of post secondary credentials and assess their value in the labor market. Introduction. Press release. Related story. (July 11)

Support Adult English Language Education to Invest in Future
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

One in five Georgia children lives with at least one immigrant parent and nearly half of immigrants in Georgia struggle to speak English. When parents struggle to speak English, it not only hurts their ability to bring home higher pay to support their families. (May 5)

The State of Literacy in Georgia - Action Needed for Georgia's Thriving Workforce and Economy - Deloitte Study
Literacy for All

This report reinforces the belief that literacy of family and caregivers is key to the literacy of children, and also quantifies the cost of low literacy to Georgia's workforce, public safety and state budget. Press release. (April 27) 

Where Will Opportunity Knock? A Discussion of Opportunity Occupations.
Atlanta Federal Reserve's Digital Magazine

This session focuses on opportunity occupations generally, and then more specifically about new research that the Atlanta Fed has conducted on opportunity occupations and geographic differences in job requirements for those occupations. (April 25)

How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem Solving in Public Education
University of Washington - Center On Reinventing Public Education

State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented.  Introduction. (April 11)