Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.

Cherokee By Choice: A World of Opportunity

May 2, 2019

People are often surprised to learn that many household brands such as the adidas SPEEDFACTORY, the first of its kind in the U.S., and the Papa John’s Regional Hub share Cherokee County zip codes.

Own a BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, or RAM truck? You can thank Cherokee-based Inalfa Roof Systems for your state-of-the-art sunroof.

Craving a Chick-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich? We give you permission to indulge. This Chick-Fil-A menu favorite was researched and developed in coordination with Canton-based Pilgrim’s – one of the world’s leading poultry suppliers.

While the list of Cherokee-based companies is impressive, these industries all have one thing in common – they all in Cherokee by choice.

In 2018, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) continued to turn strategy into action by launching the first-ever Cherokee By Choice (CBC) investment campaign. This public-private partnership boasts 74 investors and $2.6 million pledged over five years. COED also revealed the CBC branding, a public-facing image to connect key target areas that COED focuses on to foster economic growth.

The brand was launched along with a new, interactive website that serves as the county’s premier place for Cherokee-based companies to promote hot jobs. The best part? It’s completely free. As a bonus, COED’s careers page features local job opportunities and a “Company Highlight” that gives residents an insider’s look at Cherokee’s leading industries. Ready to forget the commute and find a job close to home? Visit our careers page at: https://www.cherokeega.org/careers/find-a-job/.

Cherokee is the fastest growing county in metro Atlanta. Our commitment to sustainability, greenspace, the wealth of talent and skilled workforce, and the vibrant community are responsible for that growth.

One of the many ways COED is working to develop talent locally is through the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative – a united, community-based partnership that brings together industry, education, government, and local organizations to close the skills gap and create a world of opportunity.

This past summer, the collaborative launched Cherokee’s first-ever Summer Internship Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. In its inaugural year, the program featured six local employers and 13 interns representing every high school in the county. We are pleased to once again offer this dynamic six-week program to help students earn while they learn. Apply by May 20, 2019, to gain real-world experience with some of Cherokee’s top employers.

To take career training to the next level this summer, the collaborative also partnered with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and the Matiak Foundation to offer two specialized training programs – The Construction Ready Program and Tools for Success. To learn more or apply for these programs, including the summer internship program, visit: https://www.cherokeega.org/careers/cherokee-workforce-collaborative/.

These immersive, hands-on experiences go a long way toward equipping students with important life skills that will follow them throughout their entire career. However, ensuring our students have pathways to success is only the beginning.

Imagine a world where you could raise a family, lessen the stress that commuting creates in your life, and enjoy world-class shopping and entertainment all within a few miles from home. Work/life balance is important to you and creating high-paying, diverse job opportunities is important to us.

With 78 percent of our workforce commuting out of the county daily, COED is committed to creating an exceptional quality of life and world of opportunity right here in Cherokee. Whether that’s recruiting dynamic companies, helping our existing businesses expand, or providing a fresh start for entrepreneurs, we want living, playing, and working in Cherokee to be the best decision of your career and life.

Cherokee is no longer a temporary address before making a big move. Cherokee is the move.  The talent is here. The workforce is here. The community is here. And they are all in Cherokee by choice.