Coweta in Focus

Manufacturing Appreciation Week April 14-18

by By Greg Wright, President, Coweta County Development Authority

Each year, the State of Georgia recognizes the valuable contribution Georgia’s manufacturers make to our state’s economy through Manufacturing Appreciation Week. This year’s celebration will take place April 14 -18 and includes a luncheon in Atlanta to showcase Georgia manufacturers and to announce the Manufacturers of the Year.

There are nearly 9,500 manufacturing facilities in Georgia, employing approximately 350,000 people.

Those who have heard me speak know that I regularly point out the value of existing industries. Economic development experts tell us that up to 80 percent of new job growth in a community comes from existing companies prospering within a community. That is certainly the case in Coweta County.

We are very fortunate to have a diverse group of manufacturers, many having operated in the community for decades. However, manufacturers face many challenges in today’s global economy, and our community is working in partnership with these companies to help find solutions for the future.

One program through the Chamber (Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce) and the Development Authority helps bring industries together to work on collaborative efforts, including talent recruitment and retention and safety. We have many talented industries in our community who stand to benefit as they teach their best practices to other companies and as they learn from each other.

Another local effort helps bring together local educators and manufacturers to talk about the needs of the industrial community from a skills standpoint. It is important to note that manufacturing jobs generally pay at a level higher than the local average. So, by promoting an open dialogue, manufacturers can help promote the skills that are necessary for success in today’s environment and talk about future trends within their industries.

I encourage you to take time during Manufacturing Appreciation Week to learn more about some of the local companies we have in Coweta County and the valuable contributions they make to the success of our community.

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