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Northwest Georgia Needs to Ensure There are Enough Qualified Workers

Ensuring there are enough qualified workers may be the most critical job confronting economic developers across Northwest Georgia, according to speakers at a Georgia Power regional economic development summit.

Representatives from 12 counties attended the Monday event hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.

Peter Cervelli is executive director of the Dade County Industrial Development Authority. He said representatives from prospective industries have questioned him about the availability of workers in the extreme northwest corner of the


Volkswagen in Chattanooga is adding close to a thousand employees, and a new Vanguard trailer plant is slated to open in August with close to 400 jobs.

“They are concerned about where the workforce is coming from,” Cervelli said, referring to unnamed prospects.

“Everybody asks where are the people going to come from,” echoed Andy Camp, vice president for economic development at Carroll Tomorrow in Carroll County.

There are some local initiatives underway.

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