Cherokee Workforce Collaborative
In 2016, the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development partnered with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to launch its new Cherokee Workforce Collaborative – a new public-private talent development partnership comprised of government, education, and industry. The goal was to directly address workforce and talent gaps in Cherokee County through strategic analysis of labor market and education data in the county and generate a long-term workforce development plan for its citizens. The efforts resulted in a community-wide talent development strategy and roadmap for building an ecosystem to address talent gaps. Results included developing a county-wide internship program and creating an in-demand career experience for young students.