Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Member Services

Workforce Development Summit

Wednesday, November 4
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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One of the greatest concerns for both existing industries and companies looking to relocate to Cobb County is workforce.  The availability of an existing labor pool, developing the talent pipeline of the future, and the ability for industry partners and educators to collaborate on these issues are all critical to the success of Cobb’s business community.

Recognizing the important role workforce development plays in driving economic and personal wellbeing, SelectCobb and the Cobb Chamber launched the Cobb Workforce Partnership.  This initiative brings together key stakeholders in workforce development to create solutions for today’s challenges and strategizing for tomorrow’s needs to ensure our companies have access to world-class talent.  Five industry sectors were identified has having the greatest need and the greatest potential for Cobb’s growth: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction & Skilled Trades, Healthcare & Bioscience, Technology, and Logistics & Supply Chain.

The 2020 Workforce Development Summit will provide insights into and engaging discussions around the current state of workforce and what’s on the horizon for our community.

Industry experts and educational leaders will address trends in Cobb’s most noted industries, the overall workforce development needs of our community, and innovative solutions aimed at addressing those needs.
Speakers include:

  • Greg Dozier, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia
  • Geoff Duncan, Lieutenant Governor, Georgia
  • Higher Education Leaders including
    • Dr. Ron Newcomb, President, Chattahoochee Technical College
    • Dr. Gilles LaMarche, Vice President of University Advancement, Life University
    • Alex McGee, Vice President for External Affairs and Chief of Staff, Kennesaw State University
  • K-12 Education Leaders including:
    • Chris Ragsdale, Superintendent, Cobb County School District
    • Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent, Marietta City Schools
  • Industry Leaders from Cobb’s high-demand industry clusters

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors:


Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

The Bottoms Group
Council for Quality Growth
Delta Community Credit Union
Gas South
Genuine Parts Comany
Kennesaw State University
LOUD Security Systems, Inc.
North Georgia Staffing

Bronze Sponsors:

CDH Partners


For more information about the 2020 Workforce Development Summit, contact Nate Futrell, Senior Manager of Workforce Initiatives, at 770-859-2374 or If you’d like to join our list of proud sponsors, contact Mary Karras at 770-859-2341 or