Economic Development Initiative Emphasizes Robust Talent Pipeline
Gwinnett County, Ga., June 14, 2023 –– Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private economic development initiative, congratulates the 15,000-plus high school and college students who graduated from local secondary and post-secondary education institutions. This achievement demonstrates dedication to educational excellence, which drives business as thousands of skilled graduates enter the workforce, contributing to the 2.6 million labor draw within a one-hour drive of Gwinnett County.
“We recognize and thank our award-winning public and private education institutions on their success,” said Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett President and CEO Nick Masino. “This milestone strengthens our reputation as a desirable destination for companies seeking quality talent.”
K-12 public and private schools, including Buford City Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools reported more than 13,600 graduates. Both public school districts offer career pathways for in-demand, high-skill and high-wage careers. Gwinnett County Public Schools also boasts 14 college and career readiness academy high schools and specialty schools that support career exploration, industry certifications, internships and more.
Post-secondary institutions, such as Georgia Gwinnett College, Gwinnett Technical College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine reported more than 1,400 graduates. These institutions offer 21 majors and 60-plus programs, 140-plus associate certificates, degrees and diplomas and 11 graduate degrees, respectively.
Since 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has leveraged the education and workforce ecosystem to expand or relocate more than 350 companies, representing 35,900 new jobs and $4.1 billion capital investment. Companies, such as CarMax, Intuitive, Moneypenny, Price Industries and WIKA have cited the local talent pipeline as a key factor in their decision.
“The availability of an abundant labor force has supported our longstanding presence in Gwinnett County,” said WIKA Senior Vice President of Human Resources Patricia Szall. “This community has reliably developed skilled talent who have contributed to our business growth and success.”
Partnership Gwinnett convenes and catalyzes talent development through collaborative opportunities, internship support, unique partnerships, various resources and more. Most importantly, the initiative bridges the gap between education and industry, fostering collaboration that ensures students have the expertise required to succeed in the workplace.
“We appreciate how educational institutions and skilled workers contribute to our economic prosperity,” said Partnership Gwinnett Workforce Programs Manager Autumn Andrews. “We look forward to continuing to align, develop and retain our future workforce.”