Well-Educated and Well-Equipped

Companies looking to build around high quality employees can take advantage of Cherokee County’s impressive pool of talent. In addition, a critical component of economic growth is connecting the existing and future workforce to current and incoming industry. In an unprecendented move for Cherokee County, COED recently partnered with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to establish the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative. This initiative creates a common vision between business, government, and education entities to put a workforce pipeline in place that will grow and retain local talent.  You can view the full report here.

Workforce Notes:

  • Over 41% of residents have a post-secondary degree
  • 79% of Cherokee’s workforce out-commutes for work each day
  • 97% of all out commuters surveyed stated they would prefer to find a job in Cherokee County
  • In looking at only white collar employment, Management/Scientific/Technical Consulting Services; Business Support Services and Computer Systems Design are the leading subsectors.
  • White collar employment in Cherokee County totals 67.6 percent, which is above the state (62.2 percent) and national (61.6 percent) averages
  • A recent Regional Snapshot released by the ARC shows that Cherokee County is projected to lead the Atlanta region through 2040 with a 166.3 percent increase in jobs

Education Notes:

  • Georgia’s Quick Start Program provides free training at higher education institutions for qualifying companies
  • Chattahoochee Technical College: The largest technical college in the state of Georgia that offers an associate degree, diploma, and certificate technical programs and continuing education for potential and current employees. To find out more visit
  • Reinhardt University: A private 4-year university located in Waleska, GA that offers MBA programs. To find out more visit
  • Kennesaw State University: Ranked No. 8 Best Colleges: Up-and-coming Masters Universities (South) by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guide. To find out more visit