June 25, 2014

A welcome ranking, but plenty more to do

Georgia got a bit of welcome, and frankly unexpected, good news earlier this week.

CNBC named the state No. 1 in the nation for business.

A study by the business network found Georgia ranked first in the nation in workforce and infrastructure and third in economy.

CNBC is one of the most respected organizations in business and economic reporting, and for it to single the Peach State out in this manner can only be good news. Business leaders across the nation, and across the world, now know that our workforce can compete with that of any other location. They know that our infrastructure and transportation system is solid as well.

But the study does contain some measures that should worry Georgia business and political leaders, factors that could make it difficult for the state to retain its high ranking in years to come.

First, CNBC ranks Georgia just 32nd in education. It will be difficult for the state to maintain a top-shelf workforce if our future workers don’t acquire the knowledge and skills they need to compete.

The state also ranks 32nd in the nation in quality of life. Again, it will be difficult for the state to attract and retain high quality workers and entrepreneurs if it can’t provide them with the amenities they expect.

CNBC’s new study shows Georgia is doing well but there’s room for plenty of improvement.

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    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
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    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
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    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

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    The numbers tell a sad tale.
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    Cards cast: 5,307.
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    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

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  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014