Welcome!

On this website you will find information about the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board's High Initiative Career Planning project. 

What we are doing

The 10-county, Three Rivers region of west Georgia is driving forward a plan to better serve its employers by expanding workforce and learning opportunities in the growing manufacturing sector.

If you are a manufacturer, educator, workforce training provider or economic developer, you need to be a part of this regional discussion. 

Why should I participate?

Manufacturing is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the Three Rivers region. Over the past 5 years, employment growth in the manufacturing sector has outpaced both the state and national levels. We must work together to ensure its continued success in our region.

 Your valuable input – gained through participation in county and regional meetings and the survey – will help us understand the following about our community:

  • Condition and needs of the current workforce
  • Needs, priorities, and hiring/training processes of local manufacturing employers
  • Quality and accessibility of education in the region
  • Need for new program development or current program enhancement
  • Perceived skills gaps within the community

About the Project

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The goal of the project is three-fold. First, we will seek to understand our region’s manufacturing sector and our ability to supply it with a workforce both now and in the future. Next, we will launch an interactive website to showcase the many ways to live, learn, and earn in the 10-county, Three Rivers region of west Georgia. Lastly, we will create a Manufacturing Sector Partnership to ensure continued engagement and collaboration among our manufacturing industry and educators. 

How can I get involved?

  • Watch the informational webinar to learn more about the project and how to be involved in the process.
     
  • Participate in a Workforce Development Assessment meeting in your county. Manufacturers, educators, workforce development professionals and economic developers are invited to share their thoughts on workforce development activities and talent needs/concerns during these 2-hour discussions.

 
  • Butts County - TBD
  • Carroll County - October 12
  • Coweta County - October 23
  • Heard County - October 23
  • Lamar County - TBD
  • Meriwether County - October 16
  • Pike County - October 24
  • Spalding County - TBD
  • Troup County - TBD
  • Upson County - October 30
 

  • Plan to attend the regional meetings in Griffin and LaGrange (dates to be announced). At these meetings, we will review our initial findings on the region’s workforce, its workforce development activities and capabilities.
     
  • February 15 from 12-1:30 p.m. in Griffin at the Chamber of Commerce (143 North Hill St. in Griffin) for Spalding, Butts, Lamar, Pike and Upson Counties
  • February 16 from 12-1:30 p.m.  in LaGrange at the Chamber of Commerce (111 Bull St.) for Troup, Carroll, Heard, Meriwether and Coweta Counties.  

    At this meeting, we will hear from Avalanche Consulting.  They will provide an update on the initiative, present findings from an initial workforce analysis, and hold discussions on the future Manufacturing Sector Partnership. If you cannot attend the meeting on the date for your county, you are welcome to attend the other meeting. 

  • Take the employer survey (currently closed; reopens Q4 2018). The annual online survey will provide us with valuable information on the talent needs/concerns and hiring plans for the local manufacturing sector. 

Technical Team

This project is being led by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, with technical support from Avalanche Consulting. The Chamber will lead the employer and community engagement, while Avalanche will produce the Manufacturing Sector analysis and develop the technology tools. 

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The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocate in west central Georgia. Its members represent some of the region’s most important and influential entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, small business owners, young professionals, educators, and others. The Chamber unites businesses and professionals to collectively accomplish what cannot be done individually. 

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Avalanche Consulting’s mission and passion is to help communities become more vibrant and prosperous. We are a leading national consultancy specializing in strategic planning, workforce analyses, and customized research for economic and workforce development organizations.

Have Questions?

For any questions related to the project or to get involved, please contact: 

Page Estes
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce
pestes@lagrangechamber.com
(706) 884-8671

Jennifer Vernon
Avalanche Consulting
jennifer@avalancheconsulting.com
(864) 270-8172

Funding Partners

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