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University of Georgia assessing business needs in 13 Georgia counties

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government is conducting a workforce development survey in 13 Georgia counties in the Central Savannah River Area and five adjoining South Carolina counties.

The employer survey, commissioned by the Richmond County School System, will help tailor Richmond’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program to better meet area business needs.

More than 1,300 Georgia and South Carolina businesses were invited to participate in the 15-minute online survey. Businesses in Augusta and Richmond and Columbia counties with more than 20 employees were asked to participate, as were businesses with 50 or more employees in 16 additional Georgia and South Carolina counties.

“We encourage businesses in the region to participate–more data equals more informed decision-making,” said Theresa Wright, director of the Institute of Government’s survey research and evaluation unit. “This survey will help the Richmond County School System enhance their CTAE program, which will benefit all businesses in the Augusta area as well as our neighbors in South Carolina.”

The CTAE program uses real-life experiences, along with academic skills, to prepare students for post-secondary education and employment after high school. Participating in the employer survey helps area businesses ensure a better skilled workforce from students graduating from the program.

“By learning the hiring needs of regional businesses, we can tailor our CTAE programs to better prepare our graduates to join the workplace and provide local businesses with quality, well-trained employees,” said Angela D. Pringle, superintendent of Richmond County schools.

For more information about the survey or to take the survey, contact the Institute of Government at or call toll-free at 1-844-535-0596.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia that conducts training, technical assistance and applied research to help state and local governments operate efficiently and effectively and provide improved service to the public.