ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER                     July 2015
Brian Cooksey- Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia 
Provided by Faces of Manufacturing

Dalton's very own Brian Cooksey of Shaw Industries was honored as the most recent "Face of Manufacturing" by the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech. Our community is lucky to have Brian and we want to extend our Congratulations!

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Dalton Has Best Employment News in the State
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Dalton's job outlook continues to improve according to the latest unemployment numbers.  In May, the city's unemployment rate from a tenth of a percent to 6.6%.  They are the only Georgia area to see a drop this month.  The rate in May of last year was 8.1%. 
Officials cite a decline in layoffs in the area, plus job improvement in manufacturing, health care and retail.  The number of jobs increased by 500 in May.  The unemployment rate for the Northwest region of Georgia rose slightly by three tenths of a percent in May.


For the entire article, click HERE.
Manufacturing Magnet: Why Georgia Tops the Ranks
Provided by Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia is home to a super cargo transportation network and a qualified workforce that attracts manufacturing super stars, such as Kubota and Kia Motors. These companies take advantage of customized manufacturing assistance programs and extensive tax incentives, transforming Georgia into a hot spot for manufacturing companies around the world.


Click here to read the full article.

Meet Our Economic Development Summer Interns:
Anna Kate Sisson 

I graduated this past May from Dalton High School as an Honor Graduate.  I was on the Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Basketball Teams.  I plan to attend Dalton State College and major in Biology with a minor in Communications.  My goals is to become a Physician's Assistant.  

Check out July's Chamberlink Magazine to learn about my experience interning with the Joint Development Authority this summer.  It's been a great one!
Michala Askew

I graduated from Ringgold High School in 2011. After graduating high school, I attended Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York on an athletic scholarship.  I now attend Dalton State College where I will receive a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice come the spring of 2016. I am also a senior setter for the Dalton State Volleyball team .



*Michala's interning experience will be featured in the August edition of ChamberLink Magazine.

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