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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 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
GeorgiaTrend Magazine
- Junior Achievement of Georgia
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Center for Education and Workforce
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Education and Workforce Development
- 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

Recent Reports/Articles of Interest

Check the left side of this page for more recent business-education-related articles. Please report broken links here.

2017

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)

Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) Dashboard
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement

This is a new report and interactive website detailing earning outcomes for degrees and certificates obtained at Georgia’s public postsecondary educational institutions.  (January 4) 

2016

The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program
The Heckman Equation (University of Chicago, University of Southern California researchers)

Preschool programs have greater effects the earlier they start, when they include some health care and when they encourage "motherly love." Earlier 2009 report.  More.  Related article.  Related article. Related article. (December 12) 

"Billion Dollar Bets" to Establish Pathways to Careers
The Bridgeman Group

Employers say today’s graduates are not applying for jobs with the skills they need to be successful in a range of industries. Related story. (November 11) 

Videos: "Voices" Highlights the Impact Educators, Administrators, Parents and Businesses Can Have When They Combine Forces to Help Students Succeed
Achieving Tomorrow / U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

This video series campaign underscores the value of high, comparable education standards. (October 24)

Vision 2020 - Educating Georgia's Future
Georgia Department of Education

Superintendent Richard Woods:  At the Georgia Department of Education, our primary purpose is providing high-quality service and support for schools and districts, so they’re able to offer a holistic education to each and every child in our state. Op-Ed. (October 21)

What Will They Learn? A Survey of Core Requirements at Our Nation's Colleges and Universities
American Council of Trustees and Alumni

This study indicates the vast majority of colleges and universities are failing to teach their students core disciplines necessary for success in the workplace and the maintenance of a free and self-governing republic. Introduction. Related story. (October 13)

The Colorado Talent Pipeline Report
Talent Found

Having the right mix of talent is critical to supporting the growth of Colorado (and Georgia) businesses, continuing to attract new business to the state and ensuring that Coloradans (and Georgians) have good job opportunities. This report explores issues impacting talent in the state, from the evolving labor market to changing demographics to postsecondary education outcomes. Related story. (October 5)

Georgia - Your Talent, Your Future
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Supply and demand for jobs in Georgia aren’t always aligned. Some students graduate with degrees or certifications in areas that are in low demand by employers. Alternatively, many employers are eager to hire talent but have trouble finding applicants with the right degrees or skill sets. (September 13) 

Higher Education, an American Star - Two Business Findings: The Product Life Cycle and The Experience Curve
Dr. Beheruz Sethna

Long-time Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Board member and President Emeritus, University of West Georgia, in this powerful and thorough TEDx presentation, describes the transformative value of higher education in America today. (June 7)

A Recipe for Prosperity: The Quality of Education Standards and Economic Growth
American Action Forum

This report examines the links between state education standards and states’ long-term economic growth. (May 16) 

Commentary:  Value of Post-Secondary Credentials
Arkansas Business

This article details the returns from various levels of education attainment any businessperson would accept and they present a compelling case for why increasing the number of certificate and degree holders in Arkansas (or any other state) is an important objective. (May 13) 

The Graduation Effect
Alliance for Excellent Education

The national high school grad rate is at an all time high, but one in five high school students fails to earn a high school diploma on time. Use the map provided to see the economic potential of a 90 percent grad rate in Georgia. (May 4)

Gov. Deal Signs Work-based Learning Bill
Rome News-Tribune

Businesses willing to take on high school students as interns will be eligible for insurance discounts under legislation signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. (May 3)

A Stronger Nation 2016 - Post-Secondary Attainment Rate Rising but Still Lagging
Lumina Foundation

The U.S. is making slow, but steady progress in the number of Americans who hold high-quality credentials beyond high school diplomas. Introduction. Related story. (April 12)  

Career and Technical Education in High School:  Does It Improve Student Outcomes?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Career and technical education programs – which policymakers and business groups have been touting as solutions to help fill the skills gap, but which students and parents have been slow to embrace – are paying off in a big way in Arkansas.  Related story. (April 8)

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates
Achieve

For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. Press release. Introduction. (March 14) 

At the Intersection of Education and Aging
Foundation for Excellence in Education

The aging of the population between now and 2030 will profoundly impact all aspects of the financing and operation of Georgia’s taxpayer-funded services. To prepare for the impending demography challenges Georgia needs to improve student learning and needs to do so in a cost effective manner. (March 10, 2016)

One-Two Punch - With new education initiatives and job opportunities on the horizon, the future of Georgia's logistics industry is wide open
Georgia Trend

If you are looking for words to describe the state’s $15-billion logistics powerhouse, you might come up with changing, growing, fast-moving or even challenging. And you would be right on all counts. (March 2) 

On Track: Redefining Readiness in Education and the Workforce
Pearson

A new white paper introduces three “readiness models” designed to gauge students’ preparedness for college and workforce success. Related story. (February 2016)

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015
ACT

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and scores from the ACT® test, this report provides a series of graphical pictures highlighting the college and career readiness of the ACT-tested high school class of 2015. Introduction. More.(January 2016)

The Global Skills Gap Widens as U.S. Students Struggle
Bloomberg

The UN Global Compact, a group that encourages companies to pursue sustainability across governance, social, and environmental issues, has published a report that ranks the biggest worries of more than 5,500 leaders in business, universities, and civil society groups. Two of the top three were how to close the skills gap and groom people for the “digital labor market.” Report. (February 2016) 

Survey of the States - Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation's Schools 2016
Council on Economic Education

Every two years, CEE conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States. This edition shows that there has been slow growth in personal finance education in recent years and no improvement in economic education. Introduction. Georgia Council on Economic Education.  (February 2016)