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Thursday, July 31 2014

Companies say it. Site consultants say it. Economic developers say it a lot: A strong workforce is vitally important to the future of business.

But until recently, there wasn’t an instrument for measuring what constituted a “strong workforce”. Workforce cheerleaders had to fall back on the impossible-to-prove “work ethic” argument to describe what they considered to be an above average labor pool.

At last, that has started to change. In 2012 ACT introduced Work Ready Communities, a program aimed at closing the skills gap in America for the purpose of making the country more competitive as a whole. Communities participate in the program by linking workforce development to education through the National Career Readiness Certificate, thus addressing economic development at the local level.

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Thursday, July 31 2014

One of the most critical challenges facing companies today is the ability to recruit, train and retain a well-educated labor pool. Skilled talent and access to advanced research and development remain
key building blocks that continue to support competitive businesses.

Georgia’s diverse talent and cutting-edge research and development resources are attracting global companies to re-locate and expand in the state. This is why 17 Fortune 500 companies, such as The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company, NCR and UPS call Georgia home. Georgia’s workforce training programs are continuously top ranked in the U.S., including a No. 1 ranking by CNBC. A number of factors continue to foster an environment of highly-skilled expertise, leading research and scientific discovery.

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