Lieutenant Governor, NW Georgia Leaders Discuss Preparing Workforce, Growing Business


“Leading the way in a session on leadership in industry during day two of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit are, from left, Jeff Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries; Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle; and Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries Group, Incorporated.”


(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is spending his second of two days in Northwest Georgia at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus. With several hundred of Northwest Georgia’s industry and education leaders joining in, Cagle is helping lead the conversation on the region’s future in the Ninth Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Business and Education Summit.

Key decision makers in economic development, community partnerships, and leadership in the region are actively taking part in getting a first-hand look at the current state of Northwest Georgia’s ability to train the future workforce and sustain and grow Georgia business in the future. Cagle, as well as the executives leading area industries, are looking for ways to keep Georgia’s workforce market-ready to handle the ever-changing needs of the economy.

Monday, day one of the summit, was a field day of sorts. Morning tours were led through plants at Shaw Industries in Ringgold, Mohawk Industries in Dalton, and Anheuser-Busch in Cartersville.



Summit participants spent the afternoon at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Calhoun. Business and economic leaders discussed the state’s growth and the impact on the communities, the power of apprenticeship programs that international companies in Georgia are utilizing, and the benefit of community relationships in the classroom, as well as innovation and a new way of thinking in teaching the future workforce.

Tuesday, day two of the summit, focused on innovative leadership both in the workplace and the classroom. Leaders of the area’s top industries, as well as the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC, and the region’s college and career academies, spoke about what’s being done today to help improve Georgia’s 21st century workforce tomorrow.

All six of Northwest Georgia’s College and Career Academies, as well as GNTC, donated time and resources to help make the summit possible. For more information about GNTC, you can call 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.