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A Workforce Ready To Help You Succeed

Gulfstream Aerospace. Wayfair. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems of America. JCB. One size does not fit all when it comes to industry in Savannah. And the labor that powers them is as diverse as the companies themselves. Yet in the Savannah region, we continue to supply the quality workforce required to propel business.

448,000

available workforce
within a 60-mile radius

Applied Geographic Solutions, 2019

36.2

median age

U.S. Census Bureau 2019

39%

of the population have earned an associate’s degree or higher

U.S. Census Bureau 2019

Georgia Southern University, College of Engineering and Computing

Young, Smart, Local and Work-Ready

In the Savannah region alone we have access to colleges and universities that are teaching students hands-on skills and forward-thinking solutions for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Two military bases infuse disciplined and work-ready “heroes for hire” every month into Savannah’s labor pool. This valuable resource will continue to significantly contribute to the region’s available workforce.

72,000+

students pursuing higher
education at 18 colleges
and universities

350+

Heroes for Hire exiting area
military bases per month

33,000+

active-duty miltary within 45 miles

In 2019, Quick Start opened the Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Savannah, Georgia at the crossroads of I-16 and I-95. The 50,000 square foot center is equipped for a wide range of advanced manufacturing and smart factory training, including mechatronics, control systems, automation and robotics, sensors, and networked wireless systems. It also includes computer labs and additional flexible space.

Quick Start

If you require specific training, Quick Start is just for you. The Georgia Quick Start program was named the number-one workforce training program in the United States. This free program designs, develops and delivers customized workforce training for qualified companies that are creating or retaining jobs in Georgia. Quick Start is a part of the Technical College System of Georgia and supports new and expanding companies. From automotive to aviation, food to biotechnology, chemicals to composites, Quick Start offers comprehensive training as well as customized options to meet the needs of companies in numerous business sectors. 

Find out more about Quick Start and how you can best access the region’s vast labor pool by contacting us here.

Workforce News

Application Process Opens for Workforce Initiatives Fund

Introduced late last year to assist licensed child care facilities in Chatham County to become Quality Rated through capital improvement mini-grants, the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) has officially opened the application process for the Workforce Initiatives Fund. Federal and state mandates require all licensed child care centers to be Quality Rated by…

03.09.2020

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SEDA Board of Directors unanimously approves Workforce Initiatives Fund

On Dec. 10, 2019 the Savannah Economic Development Authority Board of Directors unanimously approved the Workforce Initiatives Fund. The fund, in the amount of $375,000, will be used to advance targeted workforce solutions. The catalyst for this fund and first use will be to help licensed child care facilities in…

12.14.2019

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Factory Direct Wholesale LLC relocates corporate headquarters to Savannah

Factory Direct Wholesale LLC. announced today that it is expanding operations in Savannah and relocating its corporate headquarters to Savannah, creating 250 new job opportunities with 95 of those being corporate headquarter jobs and $17 million in investment. The facility will be located at the Morgan Lakes Center, 503 Morgan…

06.20.2019

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Savannah Metro named No. 1 Top Metro for 2020 by Site Selection magazine

Site Selection magazine’s annual ranking named Savannah number one Top Metro by total projects with population 200,000 to one million (tied with Toledo, Ohio) and number one Top Metro by projects per capita. The rankings were announced on March 1. In announcing the rankings, Site Selection said, “Savannah, Georgia vaults…

03.24.2021

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Rolls-Royce strengthens Gulfstream on-site support with new Customer Service Centre in Savannah

Rolls-Royce has officially opened its latest customer support facility in Savannah.  The new 62,000 sqft (5,800 m2) Savannah Customer Service Centre is adjacent to the new Gulfstream Service Center East and is scheduled to be fully operational by end of this year. It will house an on- site customer support…

02.10.2021

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SEDA 2020 Year in Review

On January 13, SEDA held its annual board of directors meeting virtually. The meeting included department highlights from 2020 and a review of the 2021 business plan and budget. Below is a summary of the meeting. Business Development In 2020, SEDA’s business development team worked 16 announcements/expansions that includes 1,218…

02.10.2021

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