Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Economic plan hopes to create jobs

by Catalina Trivino/For the Times-Georgian

Carroll County’s occupational, industrial, and economic statistics could take a turn for the better. Several community resources have unified their efforts to create more jobs in the upcoming months. In order to achieve this, Carroll Tomorrow has formed another five-year business strategy for the Advantage Carroll campaign, planned to carry through 2015.

The Carroll Tomorrow team revisited its first economic plan — initially introduced in 2006 — in March 2010. The team developed a strategy — called Advantage Carroll — through the end of the year to battle current and forthcoming economic changes. Between January and May 2011, the team began to gather funding and information from businesses to assist their future needs.

Advantage Carroll hopes to reach its goals in relation to economic development, education and workforce development, and government relations and leadership, while being mindful of business retention, expansion and recruitment, and quality of life improvements.

“The goal for funding was considerable, especially given the state of the economy in the last three years,” said Daniel Jackson, president and CEO of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Tomorrow. By mid-year, the team surpassed its initial funding goal of implementing $3.3 million into the strategy (planned to be used over a five-year period).

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