Wage rates in Crisp County, though low by national standards, offer our citizens a livable working wage and at the same time allow your business to operate at the lowest costs available in Southwest Georgia.
Manufacturing, distribution and logistics, and the service industry make up more than 60% of our economy. Agriculture still plays a significant role in the economy as well as the daily life of community. Our history is still "rooted" in agriculture, but our base is diversifying, growing, and changing with the global economics of today.
Area Labor Market & Demographics
POPULATION (2015 Census)
Civilian Labor Force Estimates (Not Seasonally Adjusted) for December 2015
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015
Labor Draw Area
CRISP COUNTY LABOR (2015 DATA)
Training & Education
Georgia's Quick Start Program is nationally recognized for providing high-quality training services at no cost to new or expanding businesses in Georgia. Quick Start has been singled out by Fortune, as well as Training, and Expansion Management magazines for its effectiveness in providing the most comprehensive and advanced training in the nation.
Quick Start's programs are custom-designed and training is delivered through a network of 25 technical colleges, their satellite campuses and two associated university programs throughout the state. Typical services include training consultation, instructional design, implementation, training and evaluation. Appropriate training technologies will be used and may include broadcast quality video, training guides, job aids, trainer guides, transparencies, interactive video, animation, multimedia, and others as appropriate.
Training can be conducted for both pre-employment and post-employment programs. For businesses locating in Crisp County, expert training services are provided through South Georgia Technical College.
South Georgia Technical College
South Georgia Technical College provides credit programs leading toward certificates, diplomas and associate degrees at its Cordele campus as well as its main campus in Americus. The Continuing Education Department offers courses designed to meet specific needs identified by the community. The Economic Development Programs Department serves the community through specialized training and Quick Start training.
Specialized training programs are customized to meet specific training needs and offered at various times and locations for the convenience of the business. Registration procedures are simplified, and fees may be billed to companies.
South Georgia Technical College under the auspices of the Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the Quick Start Program for new and expanding industries. Quick Start offers customized training programs, pre-employment training, and assistance in recruiting and screening through the Georgia Department of Labor.
Georgia Department of Labor
The Georgia Department of Labor provides a wide range of services to job seekers and employers. It collects, analyzes, and publishes a wide array of information about the state's labor market. This information provides a snapshot of Georgia's economy, job market, businesses, and its workforce. Data on jobs and workers, including labor force, employment and unemployment, industrial growth, occupational trends, and wage rates, are increasingly important to remaining competitive in the global marketplace. DOL offers assistance with screening and recruiting potential employees. The agency provides an adequate pool of applicants for the employee selection process. The company establishes its qualifications and, through a computerized system, DOL reviews applicants and matches their skills and competencies to specific jobs. These services are available for both start-up and ongoing operations.
Other sources of training and education in Crisp County include:
Darton College's Cordele Center, which offers day and evening college classes leading to associate of arts and associate of science degrees, and certificates.
Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, a four-year unit of the University System of Georgia, which offers bachelor's degrees in Arts and Sciences, Business, Computing and Mathematics, Education, and Nursing. GSW also offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in English, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Computer Science, and Specialist in Education.
Tifton-based Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, which offers transferable associate degrees in a wide range of career fields as well as seven bachelor's degrees with agricultural emphasis.
University of Georgia Tifton, brings advanced degrees from the state's flagship university closer to home for many in south Georgia. Undergraduate degrees in Agribusiness (BSA, Agricultural Education (BSA), Agriscience & Environmental Systems (BSA), Biological Science (BSA). Masters programs at the Tifton campus include Agricultural Leadership (MAL) and Plant Protection & Pest Management (MPPPM)