Coweta in Focus

How can Coweta be safest place to work in U.S.?

by Greg Wright, President, Coweta County Development Authority

Editor's note: Coweta in Focus features views of several Newnan and Coweta community leaders.

BY GREG WRIGHT

How can Coweta County be the safest place to work in the United States?

That is the question that local industry leaders will be considering in the coming months through the Industry Benchmarking Initiative, which is run by industry leaders and hosted by the Coweta County Development Authority and the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, through the efforts of Duncan Crowdis, the former president of Bonnell Aluminum, and Brad Down from Cargill, local employers were surveyed about their strengths and weaknesses as companies. Using the information gathered in the survey, a planning committee was formed to begin addressing the issues that were deemed by companies to be the most critical.

Rather than invite outside speakers to lecture to the companies, the series relies on the talents in the room. For example, one company may be very effective at containing costs but need help in retaining high level talent. The beauty of this series is that the company can be an industry expert on cost containment but be a participant

and learn more about talent retention.

Over the last year, Martin Pleyer with Grenzebach and Lisa Smith with Georgia Power have helped lead the series. The majority of the programs this year have focused on the talent side: how companies recruit new talent, how they development their talent and how they retain it.

Now, the series is moving in a new direction to focus on the issue of safety. Through the hard work and leadership of Larry Alford with the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech, the group has charted a course to explore the issue of safety, how Coweta companies can learn from one another, and how we can help Coweta County companies become the safest places to work in the United States.

For industries that are interested in participating, contact the Development Authority at ccda@coweta.ga.us .



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