Workforce development is a key part of economic development, and Georgia’s program, called Quick Start, is ranked among the best.

Area Development magazine recently named Georgia as the best state for doing business and pointed to its workforce development program as the main reason why. This was the seventh consecutive honor for the Quick Start program.

Such honors are great for Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, but she also points with pride to Quick Start’s 40-year record of helping employers train qualified workers.

Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 1.25 million workers for 6,871 projects. In fiscal year 2016, which ended June 30, it trained 6,703 workers, according to Corbin. Those workers were for 106 projects. 

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