19 Feb 2024

Workforce Solutions & Access To Opportunity

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  • Workforce Initiatives that Benefit Communities LaGrange and Thomasville, operating along the same continuum, are bridging school-to-work with initiatives that will benefit their communities’ workforce with access to opportunities for meaningful work and successful living, for decades to come.
  • Housing Through A New LensOneGeorgia Authority provided flexible funding for developing housing and related infrastructure in rural parts of the state. The City of Albany received an infrastructure grant for 29 single-family homes on six acres of land, and the Douglas Coffee County Authority received an infrastructure grant to facilitate the construction of 65 homes.
  • Deals of the YearBainbridge leadership awarded Small Community Deal of the Year for its Anovion Technologies project that will create more than 400 jobs and over $800 million in investment in Decatur County.

Access To Opportunity

In the initial school-to-work beta program in 2019, LaGrange uncovered tremendous barriers for the community’s economically disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Enter the Troup County Career Center (TC3) serving credit-deficient students at risk of not successfully graduating from high school. The goal is for these students to have access to the technological resources and pathways offered at the local college and career academy.

Workforce Solutions

During a childcare crisis for the Crisp County workforce, the Crisp County School System rose to the occasion when key childcare providers in the community closed their doors. In roughly six weeks, an empty wing of an existing school building became the port in the storm for families of 98 children. Staff was secured, and once operational, high school students in the school’s work-based learning initiative provided additional staff assistance.

Performance Accolades

City of Bainbridge
Small Community Deal of the Year
Anovion Technologies

City of Cartersville
Large Community Deal of the Year
Hyundai and SK On

City of Thomasville
Downtown of the Year
Georgia Downtown Association

In partnership for economic development, ECG and the Gas Authority offer:

  • Project Managers who excel in aligning company project needs with properties and communities across Georgia, recruiting businesses, organizing site visits, and facilitating meetings between company executives and state/local representatives.
  • A Technical Solutions team who offers market research and analytics, geospatial analytics and design, marketing, and graphic design.

ECG is a well-established economic developer in the state; it offers the Gas Authority a great partnership. Roughly half of the electric communities are also natural gas cities; the cities are already partners.”
~ Arthur Corbin, President, Gas Authority


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