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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.

463,000

available workforce
within a 60-mile radius

ArcGIS Business Analyst, 2021

36.9

median age

U.S. Census Bureau 2021

44%

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

U.S. Census Bureau 2021

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.

74,000+

students pursuing higher
education at 17 colleges
and universities

300+

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 Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority hires Director of Workforce

The Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority (Savannah JDA) announced today the appointment of Maria Whitfield, a veteran human resources executive, to the position of Director of Workforce. Whitfield has worked in surrounding counties for more than 20 years including Liberty, Glynn, Effingham, and Chatham counties and brings to…

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Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority announces workforce study and comprehensive strategic plan for Savannah region

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