ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER                               October 2016

Dalton Business Groups Come Together To Develop Plan 
to Grow Local Economy
The business group has launched a community and economic development strategic planning effort for Whitfield County. The initiative will look at crafting a long-term vision for industrial recruiting, downtown revitalization, and economic and workforce development, the Chamber CEO said.

The end product will have specific recommended projects, including a price tag, and goals to achieve.

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Career Academy Works To 'Develop The Next Generation'
More than 120 students from the Calhoun College and Career Academy and the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton gathered this week at the Dalton academy to connect with professionals in honor of National Manufacturing Day.

"One of the key issues we face is workforce and how to develop the next generation," Morehouse said. "Technicians and engineers are all some of the folks necessary to run a manufacturing company."

After the representatives spoke to the students during an assembly, the students broke out into groups to solve problems and brainstorm solutions.

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'It's Time To Leverage Our Past For A Bright Future'
T he Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in building a plan for the next chapter in our community. The chamber's Executive Board has contracted with Market Street Services, an Atlanta-based community and economic development firm, to assist the community in just such a planning process.

It is reasonable to expect downtown revitalization, economic growth, industry diversification and education and workforce will receive a fair amount of attention since they all seem to be top of mind in the community. Of course, other topics may bubble to the surface over the course of this effort.

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GNTC Bulking Up Chemical Technology Program 
A $333,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), coupled with a $142,000 budget from Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is the fuel behind a new program geared towards training brand new chemical lab technicians for the industries of Northwest Georgia.

"This will allow us to train students in these new careers with the latest technology currently available to local manufacturing industries," said Brent Lance, Director of the Chemical Technology Laboratory Technician program at GNTC.

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RaceTrac in Dalton Undergoing Major Remodel
Dalton residents and commuters who travel Walnut Avenue near Interstate 75 will have one less option for gas and snacks until at least late November as the RaceTrac undergoes a major remodel.
The store at 1511 W. Walnut Ave., one of only three gas stations located near interstate exit 333, should       re-open by the beginning of December.
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In This Issue
Dalton Business Groups Join Forces
Develop Next Generation
Greater Dalton Chamber
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