Latest Briefings

Home Page Photo Caption - The Georgia Partnership holds a variety of meetings that bring community members together to discuss critical local education issues.  This scene is from one such meeting in Valdosta where the "Economics of Education" helped open the discussion.

2014 Briefings

Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Albany, November 18
Newnan, November 19

Regional Leadership Institute, September 9

Georgia Municipal Association, June 21

North Atlanta Rotary Club, June 9

Georgia Academy for Economic Development, May 12 

University of West Georgia, April 29.

Cushman and Wakefield, March 20.

Certified Literate Community, March 12.

Walton County Chamber of Commerce, February 12.

Georgia Municipal Association's Mayors' Day, January 26.

2013 Briefings

Regional Education & Workforce Development Summit - Region 4 - Newnan, November 20.  Relating:  Educational resources attracting new business to Coweta (June 2014)

Regional Education & Workforce Development Summit - Region 1 - Calhoun,  November 12.

Regional Education & Workforce Summit - Region 3 - Atlanta, October 3.

Regional Education & Workforce Summit - Region 11 - Valdosta (briefing also presented to Valdosta Rotary Club luncheon), September 25.

Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, August 20.

Georgia Municipal Association, June 22.

LaGrange-Troupe County Chamber of Commerce, June11.

Paulding County Education Summit, April 26.

Bulloch County Education Summit, April 18.  Here is the video of that presentation.

What does an education mean economically?  Check these different perspective stories:

GNTC president: Tech school graduates in demand for industry, manufacturing

Lacking a college degree? You may not exist to more employers

Want a Briefing?

For more than six years, the Georgia Partnership has been traveling the state presenting the Economics of Education briefing to a variety of audiences.  Now in its third edition, the presentation continues to inform civic, business, and education leaders.

Scheduling a briefing for your education-minded group is easy.  Just drop us a note and give us the specifics - when, where, audience specifics - and someone from the Georgia Partnership will contact you.  It's that easy!

Contact us! 

What is economics of education?
Simply put, without a strong education foundation, maximum success, either personal or community focused, is simply not possible.  Our Business Support page contains a variety of resources and other information emphasizing the inextricable link between education and success.

We often post reports/articles that have an economics of education theme.  We will post some here that we feel clearly define the subject:

Educational resources attracting new business to Coweta
Times-Herald (June 2014)

Expert: Tough task to lure quality jobs - Covington News (March 2013)

High school dropouts cost $1.8 billion every year - New York Post (February 2013)

Get over your math-science aversion - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (December 2011)

Economics of Education

The Partnership, in cooperation with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, first developed the popular report and briefing in late 2003 and has made more than 250 presentations since.  The briefing is constantly being updated.  It provides specific dollar and cents evidence that education is vitaly important to a community's prosperity. The fourth edition of the Economics of Education report is now available (see below). 

What exactly is the economics of education?  This story written for the Georgia Municipal Association explains it pretty well:  Defining the Economics of Education.

Check this report!  The New York Federal Reserve report:  Are Recent College Graduates Finding Jobs? This is the latest report that underlines one the basic themes of the Georgia Partnership's Economics of Education program: Staying in school pays off!

Here's another Economics of Education teaching point that was recently featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story by Mark Davis:  Talk more to bridge language gap.  In our briefing we talk about the importance of early learning in a child's life and point out the impact of the vocabulary children are subjected to makes a difference later in their learning abilities.  Studies show there is a big disparity between professional, working class, and welfare families... seeds of the "achievement gap."

Check out this book that provides proof about the value of early education: From Preschool to Prosperity:  The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education. You can either order the book or get a free download here.

We have held four Regional Education and Workforce Development Summits since last September that highlight information found in the new report.  The first Summit was held in Valdosta followed by presentations in Atlanta, Calhoun and Newnan.  Others will be announced when details are available. Join our mailing list to be among the first to know when those events are scheduled. Here is more information on the Summits:

Read about the Region 4 Summit (Newnan - November 20) (The Citizen)
Second report from the Newnan Summit (Coweta Times-Herald)
Here is a relating good news story from Coweta County that underlines the success they are having:  Educational resources attracting new business to Coweta - Times-Herald (June 2014)

Here is the video of that meeting.

Read about the Economics of Education-4 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

The 4th Edition of Economics of Education is now available.  Once again the Georgia Chamber of Commerce partnered with us. Additionally, we are proud to welcome the support of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in the production of the publication.  Hard copies are available for $5 each to cover postage and handling.  Bulk requests will be priced per quantity requested.  Request copies. 

The briefing emphasizes the strong link between economic prosperity and the state's/individual community's public education system.  Audiences comprised of business, government, education and community leaders get a first-hand look at how important education is.  Without a first class system, a community's workforce can't be properly trained enough to attract businesses.

One Economics of Education message is the impact of poverty on learning.  Here is an excellent article that underlines that very point: Evidence mounting that poverty causes lasting physical and mental health problems for children.

Attendance at briefings is always good and the response enthusiastic.  Audiences are urged to get involved in their local systems and advice on how to do that is provided.  The Georgia Partnership also offers to work with communities to help them establish a plan to improve their schools.  (For more information or to schedule a briefing, contact the Partnership.)

Recent audiences have included:

Georgia Academy for Economic Development
University of West Georgia
Cushman and Wakefield
Certified Literate Community
Walton County Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Municipal Association's Mayor's Day
Region audiences - Education and Workforce Summits (Regions 1, 3, 4, and 11)
Dawson County Chamber of Commerce
Troup County Chamber of Commerce
Dunwoody Rotary Club
Bartow County Chamber of Commerce
Liberty County Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Columbus
Leadership North Fulton
Georgia Rotary Club, Literacy Conference
Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Academy for Economic Development (Several)
Camden County Rotary Club
Leadership Gwinnett
Macon Chamber of Commerce
Vidalia Kiwanis Club
Technology Association of Georgia
Leadership Haralson
Annual Georgia PTA Conference
Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce
Paulding County Chamber of Commerce
Roswell Rotary Club
Multiple briefings presented at Education Policy Forums
Georgia Municipal Association
Leadership Southeast Georgia
Henry County Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators

The Economic Impact of Education (and other relating stories)

Economic Success a Strong Tradition in Georgia
Insider Advantage Georgia

Manufacturers make a play for consideration and collaboration
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Coast to coast, STEM jobs take longest to fill
USA Today

Education part of inequality story, Fed post says
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

One Macon targets jobs, education and sense of place
Macon Telegraph

Toyota didn't move to Dallas because of schools
Dallas Morning News

Community Colleges Nurture Both Students and Society, Report Says - Chronicle of Higher Ed

Relating:

One community, after hearing the briefing, decided to form their own Economics of Education Committee that would focus on improving and supporting education.  Led by the local Elbert County Chamber of Commerce and the Community Partnership of Elbert County, citizens representing business, education, government and civic organizations, met to develop an Action Plan to guide their work.  Since that early work, the Georgia Partnership has worked with several communities to engage stakeholders and increase their awareness, advocacy, and support of school improvement efforts.

The Partnership facilitated this planning and strategizing.  The plan served as a step by step roadmap on how the group developed its strategy to improve education in Elbert County.  Here is the "The How To's of Community Planning" (second edition) brochure that is a snapshot of original work plus the community engagement process used in Troup County.  Hard copies of the brochure are available by contacting the Partnership.