Camden County Joint Development Authority Executive Director, James Coughlin, recently held a nighttime meeting to present the findings of a regional workforce study to community stakeholders. In early 2016, Southeast Georgia Joint Development Authority (now known as the Southeast Georgia Alliance as of late 2017) contracted with Kate McEnroe Consulting who conducted an in depth study of the region’s labor force availability, skills, commute patters, and educational programs. Its workforce committee chairman, Camden County Joint Development Authority Executive Director, James Coughlin stated, “The information in the study documents our ability to provide the labor force that existing businesses and new employers seek.” The findings include education statistics, current workforce profiles, projected labor force needs assessments, and provides factual data supporting the region’s labor force size, reach, skills, and future growth.
The study will be housed and maintained by the School of Business and Public Management on the campus of the College of Coastal Georgia. Under the direction of the dean of that school, the economics research staff will use state of the art software and data sources to update information of all aspects of the study in order to provide the best documentation available. Charlie Smith Jr., Authority chairman, said “A study of this magnitude is a first for the state of Georgia, and the information it produced will be a great tool for attracting prospects. Numbers such as the 8,400+ Camden residents currently working outside the county are sure to impress potential industries.”
For more information about the study please contact the Camden County Joint Development Authority at 912-729-7201.