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Operating Conditions

 

Environmental Regulations

The area strikes a healthy balance between environmental awareness and business needs.

 

 
Columbus
United States
Water Quality   (100=best)
60
55
Superfund Sites (100=best)
99
71
Source: Sperling’s Best Places

Labor Availability

Area population is strong and expected to grow
 
County
2013 Population
Labor Force
Employed
Unemployed
Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muscogee
202,824
84,909
77,358
7,551
8.9%
Chattahoochee
12,842
2,300
1,917
383
16.7%
Harris
32,663
16,663
15,586
1,077
6.5%
Marion
8,640
3,797
3,528
269
7.1%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total (Ga part)
256,969
107,669
98,389
9,280
9.8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russell*
59,585
23,440
21,683
1,757
7.5%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total MSA
316,554
131,109
120,072
11,037
9.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau December 2014
Fort Benning provides a ready-made workforce
·    13,000 military and Department of Defense spouses
·    2,500+ military employees transfer to civilian life each year—and most want to stay in the area
·    Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) changes will add
4,700 new military personnel
1,900 Department of the Army civilians
4,800 Defense Contractors
10,500 additional family members
16-County Trade Area Georgia Counties - Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Schley, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Upson, Webster Alabama Counties - Barbour, Chambers, Lee, Russell The Valley Partnership Columbus-Muscogee, Cusseta-Chattahoochee, Harris, Manchester, Marion, Phenix City-Russell, Talbot, West Point Metropolitan Statistical Area Georgia Counties - Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee Alabama Counties - Russell
Resources for meeting custom workforce needs
Learn about the programs that are available to train your workforce.
 
Employee migration commuting patterns
 
 
Living in Columbus and working in another county
Living in another county and working in Columbus
Chattahoochee
4,505 (mainly due to Fort Benning)
1,503
Harris
741
8,062
Lee
754
9,123
Marion
175
829
Russell
2,123
10,388
Stewart
99
369
Talbot
153
552
Troup
751
711
Total*
9,301
31,537
Net Migration:                             22,236
Source: Georgia DOL- U.S. Census Bureau
 

Labor Relations

Our area has a reputation for excellent relations between business and employees.

Less than four percent of workplaces represented by a third party

"At-will" employment and compensation

  •  Both states are "right to work" states
  •  Employee can be terminated with/without cause and with/without notice
  •  Done at discretion of either employer or employee, except as provided by law
  • For more information go to Georgia Department of Labor or Alabama Department of Labor.
     

Quality of Workforce

The Valley Partnership region has a long tradition of employee excellence.
 
Education
Muscogee County, GA
2 yr. College Grad.
11,824 people
4 yr. College Grad.
22,414 people
Graduate Degrees
13,271 people
High School Graduates
146,561 people

 

*This table is based on the 2010 Census population and is to be used as an approximation.

 

Training & Development

Our Education and Workforce Development Team has created a network of government resources, business leaders and education experts who work together to ensure that our local workforce has access to the training and education they need to meet the needs of area businesses today—and tomorrow.
Ask us about the resources and programs that are already available. Or work with us to create customized training courses.
 
Programs include:
·    Provides customized workforce training for Georgia’s new and existing businesses
·    Free of charge to qualified Georgia businesses
·    Classroom, mobile labs or on-site
·    Provides customized workforce training for Alabama’s new and existing businesses
·    Free of charge to qualified Alabama businesses
·    Classroom, mobile labs or on site
·    First in the nation
·    Partnership between ICAPP and the University System of Georgia
·    Created a cutting edge training program on the Columbus State University campus
·    $8,000 in training costs saved per employee who participated in program
Additional resources

 

Programs, certificates and classes are also available through many area colleges and universities.