Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development

Workforce Development

With one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most competitive educational communities in the Southeast, Cobb is constantly providing our local business community with the talent they are looking for—and that is important now more than ever.

Site selectors across the nation have found that the availability of skilled workers has become the top priority of businesses looking to relocate or expand into a new community—outranking incentives and all other economic factors. An educational infrastructure that is prepared to adapt to the changing needs of industry can be a powerful force in the recruitment, growth, and retention of local businesses.

Cobb Workforce Partnership

The availability of skilled labor continues to be a top site selection criterion for economic development projects. In addition, recruiting and retaining a qualified, trained, and reliable workforce is one the greatest challenges for employers across the nation. Since its inception in 2015, the Cobb Workforce Partnership (CWP) has worked to address the current and future workforce needs and concerns by bringing together leaders from the business community, K-12 educational systems, postsecondary education institutions, and other stakeholders for focused dialogue.

Today, the Cobb Workforce Partnership works to:

  • Foster community partners for the development of innovative workforce development strategies, and
  • Develop within our community a dynamic, resilient and highly skilled workforce equipped for meeting current industry needs and future opportunities

 

The 2021 Workforce Study

In 2015, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with representatives from local educational institutions, job training programs, and a wide range of businesses and industries in Cobb, partnered to develop a comprehensive workforce study for Cobb County. The county has experienced many changes and growth in the span of five years. The labor force grew, while unemployment shrank. Existing businesses expanded and outside businesses relocated to Cobb. New industries and new technologies have arisen, changing the landscape of where and how Cobb’s citizens participate in the labor market.

In 2020, CWP recognized that new strategies and approaches would be needed to sustain the community’s continued growth. As part of its five-year strategic plan, the CWP commissioned a workforce study from the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research at Kennesaw State University.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Full Study