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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.

Here are some helpful business/education links:

- 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 - Education
- 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.) 

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)