Wanted: Ideas to create more jobs in Georgia

Dear Georgia Workers and Employers:

Now it’s your turn.

Last month in this column, I urged state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond to call a jobs summit to seek ideas for reducing the biggest problem we face right now — double-digit unemployment. I got the idea from Thurmond, who had been quietly talking about it for months, but he was reluctant to pull the trigger.

Michael Thurmond

Michael Thurmond

Two weeks after I wrote about it, Thurmond announced an all-day summit for Monday at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. The goal is to bring together the “best minds,” as Thurmond puts it, from academia, business, government and labor to come up with promising job-creating measures. Democrats and Republicans are supposed to leave their politics at the door and help develop a practical, bipartisan strategy.

Well, the “best minds” also include you. While the meeting will be open to the public, most of you will not be able to attend. So, if you have a good idea, please go to the ajc.com Biz Beat blog and post it on this column. I know Thurmond and others will read it. Valuable ideas are too precious to ignore.

But before you do, there are two key points to know.

First, a huge part of the problem stems from “structural unemployment” — lots of workers with obsolete skills — and the male ego. The face of unemployment has changed in this recession, which has disproportionately battered the manufacturing and construction industries. As a result, 58 percent of those collecting state unemployment insurance now are men. But, like some men avoid going to the doctor, many are not getting retrained as they should.

Men make up only 37 percent of the labor department’s training programs and only 37 percent of the state’s technical colleges, Thurmond said. Men only comprise 43 percent of the state’s university system of two-year and four-year schools.

“This is the most pressing socio-economic issue facing the state and nation,” Thurmond said. So, he needs help figuring out how to reach more unemployed men and get them into existing programs.

Will public service announcements do the trick? Baseball bats for the really hard-headed? What will work? It’s key to reducing the skills gap between unemployed workers and open jobs.

The second important point deals with money — in this case, the lack of it. State and local governments are strapped. So ideas that are going to cost lots of money won’t be much help right now. They’re not going to go anywhere.

Instead, more innovative ideas like the relatively inexpensive Georgia Works program are needed. In this program, workers get up to six weeks of training from a participating employer while the company evaluates the trainee. The worker continues to receive unemployment benefits, plus a $50 weekly stipend. The employer, in both white-collar and blue-collar industries, does not pay a salary.

About 60 percent of trainees in this program, which costs about $1.2 million annually, get hired.

That’s the goal of this summit — to reduce employer fear and stimulate hiring. So, put on those thinking caps and come up with some meaningful solutions. We’re all depending on it.

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148 comments Add your comment

Richard Earp

January 12th, 2010
7:25 am

It’s time for horse racing in Georgia

Lew Janezic

January 12th, 2010
7:29 am

Road construction is too mechanized today, to creat many jobs. A government entity, federal or state, should create labor pool, and put people back to work in government or private industry. If we can’t find places for them to work in government, then the labor, could be subsidized by government program to work in private industry. In a government job, they would receive their pay from the government for that particular job, and they could be put to work doing what their skills allow. In private industry, they could receive a portion of their pay from the employer, and a portion from the government, like unemployment, only they would be working for it.

These programs would have a direct impact on creating jobs, and would get the economy moving. The types of business to be able to recieve this subsidized labor would be small businesses, up to a certain number of employees, or a certain $ revenue level. This would allow small business to expand, and be creative.

This would have a direct impact on the unemployed.

M Koonce

January 12th, 2010
7:48 am

According to my observations, the stimulas money has not helped GA workers in anyway. At the intersection of Hwy 92, a state road, and Due West Rd. in Cobb County was awarded to CW Matthews. I only saw Latinos working on the project. At one time, I saw 10 Latinos standing with their arms crossed. At the intersection of State Road 120 and Holland Road, Cobb County, this contact was awarded to PBJS(?) again only Latinos. At the intersection of 92 and East Paulding Dr. , Paulding County, again PBJS and Latino’s. The bridge over Berryton Creek, Chattooga County, again Latino’s. I do not know who is minding the store but not GDOT. Put the 2 million illegals, working in GA, out of work and hire Americans and there would not be a unemployment issue and State umemployment coffers would not be empty.


January 12th, 2010
7:51 am

First of all I would fire Thurmond. This guy has not clue. During the last recession in 2001, I went to a session and he asked how many of you are unemployed and 80% of the room held up their hands and he said “I did’t think the job situation was that bad”. He has no clue how to attract employers.


January 12th, 2010
8:54 am

Ok, Georgia, time to step up. Casino style gambling. West Atlanta is perfect for the Atlanta Strip. Run down Industrial. Close to the Congress Center, easy access to the airport. Bring this to the ATL, the construction and employment goes up, i.e tax base; tax revenue from the casinos; convention business goes up; decision makers see what the ATL has to offer and companies start to relocate here again. Housing goes up, sales tax revenue increases. Win, win, win. Crime—more tax revenue to hire more police/fire, and crime already exists. It’s time, lets do it and win, win, win.

Steady GT Fan

January 12th, 2010
9:41 am

OK. Here is my take on government assistance for jobs. I think this is sound reasoning.

1) If Gov creates a $50,000 Gov Job we create 1 job for 1 year and the $50,000 is gone at the end of the year. Highest cost, lowest job creation.
2) If Gov creates a tax incentive equal to $50,000 to help create jobs, this may create jobs but hard to determine unless specifically targeted to the new jobs created (i.e. No state taxes to be paid for for the first year for each job created). Since state income taxes are relatively low for all the other taxes paid by employer this may have little effect unless done by the federal Gov.
3) Invest $50,000 in non-voting equity in a growing company (could be tied to specific number of jobs to be created). This supports new jobs, gives businesses needed capital and in the end, may not cost the Gov anything. Even if we lost 100% of the investment like number 1 above it still creates more jobs and the probability is the we would not lose it all, if invested wisely. The difficulty here is that legislators would probably try to put too many controls on the company as the Fed has done. The Fed got their money back from their initial investments in the big banks plus a nice return but they will probably lose everything in their politically motivated investments in the auto companies.

Unemployment is costing the state government tremendous dollars, if a portion of these dollars were invested in growing middle-market Georgia companies as non-voting preferred equity rather than just tax incentives, Georgia could be benefited not only today but also into the future as it keeps companies here and eventually could get a return on much of its investments.

Just my thoughts.

Trying to Stay Focused

January 12th, 2010
10:35 am

Stimulus money went to the wrong industry…Infastructure meant more than roadwork. Intrastructure to me means what holds the economy together. I believe someone misread that sentence initially and went the wrong way with it….I’ve seen roads paved that didn’t need paving just to put the same crews at work that were already working. Put a new company out there and back to work instead of just more projects for the rich to stay and get richer on. The middle business is what employs Georgia and what got left out of the equation. Banks will not loan new companies or startup companies money to get started. Make them! Stimulate that market. Any entity that receives any ARRA funding of any sort should have a job component where they are to create new jobs and bring folks back to work. It was cute to downsize and trim off a little fat until the knife cut too deep got too close to the bone.


January 12th, 2010
10:55 am

Yes, retraining of workers would make them better fit to enter new jobs, but supplying workers doesn’t supply jobs. The jobs have to be there for that approach to make any sense. So step one would have to be to stimulate the demand for jobs.

Jobs exist where businesses who need workers exist. The road to new jobs is new businesses and expansion of existing businesses. To accomplish that, a business friendly environment has to exist, a permanent business friendly environment, not one that is going to disappear in a year or two. That means at the bare minimum a business friendly tax structure. It’s been proven time and again–Kennedy did it and Reagan did it–that when taxes are cut, revenues to the government increase exactly like lower prices of a product produce more revenue for a company do to sales volume increase. Lower taxes means more new businesses and expansion of existing businesses bringing the volume of business in the state up and the number of employed up, both of which increase tax revenues to the extent that not only are the original losses in revenue due to the tax cuts recaptured but more is collected for the other needs of the State such as transportation and water, a truly win-win situation.

Can such a thing really happen? Can someone explain “Guts” and “Statesmanship” to our State legislature?

Thanks. I feel better now.

Steady GT Fan

January 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Banks are getting a bad rap. They were not the problem, nor are they the problem today. The major reason they are now having capital issues is they kept lending to companies and individuals that could not pay them back and on terms that were too aggressive. They did this because they were previously pressured to lend by politicians, media and stockholders. Stop pressuring them to lend. That’s not their function. They should only lend when it makes since and they make a good credit decision.

They are now doing the right thing by lending only to those who can make a good case that they can pay them back. Banks are not in the business of risking our bank account money on risky borrowers, that’s for junior lenders and equity players who invest their own dollars at much higher interest rates. Banks are really in the business of “renting” money. They should lend the money only to those people and companies that can pay them back. They get a relatively small return for renting the money and then they get paid back. This is how they pay interest to their bank account holders.

Stop trying to force banks to take more risk than they should. They are presently writing off all those previous bad loans and they should not get back int he business of doing it again.

Randall Foster

January 12th, 2010
11:19 am

Thanks for your column to request ideas. My idea is relatively simple and actually leverages the problem itself as a solution. As you accurately stated, we have a structural unemployment issue – too many workers with obsolete skills. My idea is to enable Atlanta to become the nation’s hub for worker retraining. This leverages several big assets Atlanta possesses:
1. Hartsfield Jackson is the world’s largest airport with easy direct access from all parts of the US.
2. Atlanta is considered by many to represent the capital of the “New South”. The South has enjoyed more than a decade of industrial jobs migrating here from other parts of the country. This trend will not change. So we might as well promote it.
3. Atlanta greatly increased its international exposure through the Olympics and its airport. Thus adding the notoriety of “US Industrial worker training center” might further attract global manufacturing and other service jobs to Atlanta.
4. Atlanta has an overabundance of unused commercial and industrial office space. By many measures it will take 7-12 years to absorb this excess. Surely this space can be put to better use than lying dormant. Landlords, banks, and local governments all have something to gain.
5. Atlanta is considered a pleasant place to visit with a good climate and southern hospitality. This is promotable and attractive to visitors.
6. The universities and major corporations already here have a good quantity of qualified training personnel.
The benefits of this approach are relatively obvious:
1. It puts local people to work training others.
2. It trains people who need new skills.
3. It attracts visitors to Atlanta who spend money into the local economy while here. Delta benefits with transportation of some people via air travel.
4. It attracts domestic and foreign companies to Atlanta and the region. This might lead to new jobs and facilities.
5. It positions Atlanta as a leader in a particular field.
I’m sure AJC readers can come up with additional points and benefits to this idea.

Alice Hare

January 12th, 2010
11:35 am

I suggest that you create jobs throughout the state of Georgia with the federal stimulus money (or by no-profit organizations?) by offering minimum wage to pay these unemployed manufacturing/construction workers to clean up the tons of trash on our expressways, highways, and the on and off ramps to these places. This type of program could be started very quickly. One of the main criteria as to who gets hired for these jobs is that the person hired agrees to take retraining classes. A lot of these men are depressed. Once they are out working at even this cleanup job, they can begin to see themselves in a new light, as they begin to see a future ahead of them through the retraining programs that they did not seek out themselves but were educated about and forced to participate in in order to get back into the work force at even this preliminary level. The workers most likely to succeed in retraining programs are the highly motivated ones who are willing to start over from the ground up as in the scenario outlined above. It would be money well spent.


January 12th, 2010
11:48 am

Easy! Get us out of NATO, NAFTA, TAFTA and all other warm and fuzzy associations and programs that are detrimental to our trade position in a global economy!


January 12th, 2010
11:50 am

Favorable take incentives for employers.

Gatech master student

January 12th, 2010
11:51 am

Corporate tax = 1%


January 12th, 2010
11:52 am

For what jobs does a 58-year-old unemployed bookkeeper/office manager train? Where does he get training? Where does he find the money for school? By the time he finishes training he will likely be too old for anyone to hire, but not old enough to retire. The unemployement office was no help in addressing these issues.


January 12th, 2010
11:54 am

Jobs are created by those with good ideas and access to capital to execute on them. Bankers and entrepreneurs must be allowed to conduct there business in environment that allows for failure (without interference from the Government). Markets must be allowed to mature and thrive organically. The best bet for job growth in Georgia is for the Government to retreat to the far corners and look for opportunities to referee.

Paul Jaeger

January 12th, 2010
11:54 am

I don’t believe in “Global Warming”. but I do believe in conservation. So, for the poor soles that are out of work, my heart goes out to them. But, my idea to put at least some people back to work, would be to have the state and or cities to hire people to clean up the trash along the roadside and perhaps the Corp of engineers. Lake Allatoona is a complete disgrace, people say their sportsmen, but a good sportsmen wouldn’t destroy the landscape.

disenchanted voter

January 12th, 2010
11:55 am

The obvious way to spur jobs is to provide tax incentives for manufacturing jobs. That alone may not be enough, because at the federal level enough has been done with “free trade” and import laws to encourage business after business to relocate overseas and ship product back here cheaper than it can be made here.
The $750B stimuless bill is a joke; you cant’ stimulate growth when you take tax dollars and then turn around and give them back to the folks you took them from….(that isn’t happening, by the way, it’s just a political warchest to buy votes). That being said, I don’t know how the $750B stimuless bill was divided up, but if Georgia could get about $15 of that elusive pie, we should begin construction on a new nuclear power plant. This would create thousands of construction jobs, and many trickle down jobs supporting construction…The added bonus is at the end of the construction, we (as Georgians) should have a better and CHEAPER power supply, which could be another incentive to luring manufacturing. Folks keep saying training, but you can train for years, but if there is no job for you, then that training isn’t worth much. One other closing thought, can we really blame manufacturing for not staying here? As if the current burdens didn’t already drive them overseas, don’t you think they are afraid of what cap and trade might mean to business and the economy as a whole?


January 12th, 2010
11:56 am

Cut taxes on the small business that acually employ most people. Free up there money to hire more.

Trying to Stay Focused

January 12th, 2010
11:57 am

I disagree, Steady GT…Banks get a bad rap because they deserve a bad rap for not helping provide a solution. We all know that is the infrastructure and the glue that leads to making money. If one had the money to start a business, they are already okay and wouldn’t need to start a business in the first place. If I had that kind of cash just laying around, I am already doing something right. Banks will not lend to new businesses. Try it…only if you have either been in business for three years you can get help or be failing. Yet, the banks get a bailout and not willing to bail anyone else out. Why bail them out??? They already post fees on overdrafting those that didn’t have the money in the first place. And put higher rates on those with poor credit ratings (those that have problems). Makes a good model to make money until it backfires.

We have become a country that plays financial tricks with money. There is only so much money in existence. Whoever plays the best tricks with it wins. No other jobs out there but for financial jokers and trickers.

Small to medium business is what hosts the bulk of jobs. Help them and we help ourselves.

Rural Education

January 12th, 2010
11:58 am

I see the ghost of Reagan has emerged as it always does. Reagan also raised taxes, created a huge deficiet that was finally brought under control under Clinton. Trickle down worked just as it was intended, for those at the top.

The turn around

January 12th, 2010
12:00 pm

I suggest the following. That government stay out of it as government does not create anything but more government and higher taxes.

Implement the fair tax and cut government spending. Cut the government programs that duplicate themselves. Cut the government programs that do not work. Cut the government programs that benefit the government programs. Cut out the taxation on taxes. Reduce the tax rate period. Invite the US companies back on our shore. The government has chased them away with their regulations and high taxes.

Once again I say, get the government out of creating jobs because the only thing the government does is tax the employers and chase them out of the country. To much government, to much taxing and to much regulation.

disenchanted voter

January 12th, 2010
12:00 pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit jumped to the highest level in 10 months as an improving U.S. economy pushed up demand for imports. However, exports rose as well, boosted by a weaker dollar, supporting the view that American manufacturers will be helped by a rebounding global economy.

The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the trade deficit jumped 9.7 percent to $36.4 billion in November, a bigger imbalance than the $34.5 billion deficit economists had forecast.

Exports rose 0.9 percent, the seventh consecutive gain, as demand was up for American-made autos, farm products and industrial machinery. Imports, however, rose a much faster 2.6 percent, led by a 7.3 percent rise in petroleum imports.

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The politically sensitive deficit with China narrowed by 10.8 percent in November to $20.2 billion as U.S. exports to China hit an all-time high. Through November, the deficit with China is still the largest the United States incurs with any country but it is down 15.9 percent from the same period in 2008.

American manufacturers contend China is unfairly manipulating the value of its currency to gain trade advantages, a point President Barack Obama raised with Chinese leaders during his November visit to that country.

Through the first 11 months of 2009, the overall U.S. trade deficit in 2009 was running at an annual rate of $371.59 billion, down by nearly half from last year’s imbalance of $695.94 billion. That improvement reflected a deep recession in the United States which cut sharply into consumer demand for foreign products.

But as the U.S. economy has begun to mount a recovery from the worst downturn since the Great Depression, imports have started to rise. Economists expect that development will continue in 2010 and they are predicting a higher trade deficit as a result.

However, they also contend that the fortunes of American manufacturers will be lifted by a continued rise in demand for U.S. exports as America’s major overseas markets mount a recovery as well. The fall in the dollar against most major currencies since the U.S. currency hit a 2009 high last March is also expected to boost export sales.

Economists are looking for strong gains in exports to help manufacturers and the overall economy in 2010.

For November, the 0.9 percent rise in exports pushed them to $138.24 billion, the highest level for exports in a year.

Shipments of farm products were up $1.28 billion led by a big gain in sales of soybeans. Exports of capital products including semiconductors, industrial machinery and computers rose by $360 million while sales of U.S.-made autos and auto parts rose by $714 million.

The 2.6 percent rise in imports of goods and services pushed them to $174.64 billion, the highest level since December 2008. The increase was led by a 7.3 percent increase in petroleum imports which rose to $24.43 billion. The volume of crude oil imports fell to the lowest level since February 1999 but the price rose to an average of $72.54 per barrel, the highest level since October 2008.

Imports of computers, telecommunications equipment and industrial machinery were all up but imports of autos and auto parts fell by $54 million.


January 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

Rural Education obviously doesn’t work. Cut taxes, offer incentives and deregulate.


January 12th, 2010
12:03 pm

Seems like everyone has an Idea, but the problem being, that Idea has nothing to do with creating jobs. The reason we are having this problem is because we manufacture nothing in our Country.. Everything is made over seas.. we buy foreign made products which puts money into foreign hands.

Of course it takes money to get hiring started, and during a depression, we need more people to start their own business. Only a private business can spur the job growth needed to recover our economy.

Those men who you say need more training, but fail to seek that training to qualify for a better position can be used in other ways. They could start a lawn care business, or how about a mechanic shop ?? Some may even qualify to open a restaurant, or a sports bar. Those people with money to invest, if the government is willing, could give them tax incentives if they help create an entrepreneur. During times like this, we need to stop thinking #1 and start thinking about everyone! It is our economy at stake, it is our children’s future that is facing hardship, if we can not come together to help find a solution, then the slippery slope will get much worse!

Rural Education

January 12th, 2010
12:04 pm

Even if you reduce the tax rate to 1%, coroprations are not going to relocated jobs from overseas to the United States. Capitalism does not see borders, only profit. As long as the standard of living is low in China, and elswhere that is where the jobs will be located. You can cut the taxes all you want, but if there is not a “quid pro quo” on job creation for Americans it is not likely to happen.


January 12th, 2010
12:06 pm



January 12th, 2010
12:07 pm

Create jobs by going green in every possible venture.


January 12th, 2010
12:08 pm

Go to a furniture store. Look on the back of a piece of furniture. It is probably made in a communist country, Viet Nam, China, etc..Ban imports from slave labor countries like these and American factories will reopen. The same applies to all consumer goods.
Purge all encumbent politicians on the next elections. Show them that we citizens are in charge.
Meanwhile, buy American as much as you can.


January 12th, 2010
12:10 pm


Get Real

January 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

Get rid of over regulation by the government and clamp down on frivolous law suits. Make Georgia and America an inviting place to produce goods. We are competing internationally and we must remember that this is competition.

I'm just saying !

January 12th, 2010
12:12 pm

I agree with Ms. Hare comments. We can have the unemployed do the clean up by highways and major roads throughout major Georgia counties and in return the workers can take college or retraining courses in a field of their interest. Since, Dekalb County is not doing the job, why not give Dekalb residents who want to work the opportunity to do so. (By the way, clean up duties would also include eliminating all graffitti in the community.) How would the workers get the funds for the courses? Why not have the Ga Lottery offer a Special Hope Scholarship for these unemployed individuals to attend the technical school or college of their choice. Hell, I would do this. I’ve been out of work for 7 months and I would have no problems cleaning up Georgia while obtaining a degree in a field of my interest.

Rob Popelka

January 12th, 2010
12:13 pm

Americans have to start paying a little more for products and start buying american products. We need to take the blame for our own short comings. It’s not the banks, it’s not the government, it’s not “the man” trying to keep us down. When you shop at wally world and other large retail, try to find a product that is “Made in the USA.” It will be very difficult to do. Why? Because we want to buy the cheapest product out there, but at the same time we want to make the most money in any job we have. We are leading ourselves to our own demise. I am no exception, but at least I know what the problem is, and that is half of the solution to find a solution to it.


January 12th, 2010
12:15 pm

The LESS you tax people, the MORE money they will have in their checks, which means they will SPEND more, which means that company’s will make more/sell more, which means more jobs, and the cycle continues. Pretty simple. Wish Washington could figure that out –and the idiots that vote for them.

Simple Solutions

January 12th, 2010
12:22 pm

We need to promote “permanent” jobs. Republicans have removed all restrictions on business, and
CEO’s care about nothing but profits; therefore, the US should add a tariff, starting small, say 2% and increasing yearly until, at least, our balance of payments are 0. Let the rest of the world rant and rave. We need representation in Washington who care about the USA, not what they can accumulate for themselves or reap after they leave office.

The turn around

January 12th, 2010
12:22 pm

OMG you are so funny. Regan lowered taxes and ordered cuts in government programs and spending. While in office Regan brought in more in tax revenue by cutting taxes but the defefit did not go down because the democrate congress upped their spending to a cost of 1.50 to every 1.00 the taxes brought in.

The only way to bring this economy back is to lower the tax rates, allowing people to spend, allowing companies to hire more workers to produce the product. People dont spend what they dont have and employers wont take the chance at hiring right now because they dont know what Obama and his cronies are going to produce as far as corporate tax hikes.

By the way, small business with 50 employees will find themselves with 25 employees after the healthcare bill is forced down our throates. It will take the salaries of the 25 employees cut to provide the money to pay the health insurance of the 25 left. Look for more cuts in employment and a lot more layoffs.


January 12th, 2010
12:22 pm

Duhhhhh. Implement the FairTax system. The overall U.S. corporate tax rate at 40% is now 50 percent higher than the OECD average. If the USA was the number one tax haven for businesses in the world, can you imagine all the companies worlwide who would instantly relocate here? Jobs problem solved………

Mr. Nobody

January 12th, 2010
12:25 pm

Mike, I agree with you…I was just thinking this the other day when I was driving up 75 passing the airport. Why not build a couple of casinos where the old Ford plant used to be?


January 12th, 2010
12:26 pm

Our economy is 66% consumer driven; shop until you drop.


January 12th, 2010
12:28 pm

The government CANNOT “create” meaningful jobs, but it can encourage their development.
Oh, did I mention cutting taxes?
(P.S. big government supporters, you are the laziest people on the planet. Move to Europe.)

Sunshine and Thunder

January 12th, 2010
12:29 pm

There are 4 main reasons that jobs leave Georgia (America)

1. Taxes
2. Over regulation
3. Threat of litigation.
4. Union wage scales


January 12th, 2010
12:29 pm

They said leave politics at the door. We can not sit here and blame government or taxes, what we need to do is create JOBS and create them FAST!! Not temp jobs, but permanent positions..

We need the wealthy people of our city to re-invest into the people who are whiling to start up and run their own businesses! We need programs created that will help get those people together. We need programs in place that will help a new entrepreneur run a successful business.

Business might want to think about bartering services with one another.

We need to create a safer environment for our children at schools and while traveling to and from school.

We need more people to take responsibility for themselves, and stop depending on handouts from government.

We need all of this, and need it FAST!

Steve From Dalton

January 12th, 2010
12:30 pm

Let people keep more of what they earn. It is not the Government’s money but the people’s money. Cut taxes on Small business, step up deprecation schedule of assets, and roll back government regulation.

Joe McLain

January 12th, 2010
12:33 pm

There’s a contract that is going back and forth in bids to rebuild the refeuling tanker. The airplanes that refuel the military planes in mid air. Northrup Grumman has a bid to build the plane and that will put 18 States to work including Georgia. Those are good paying jobs. Boeing has this tied up politically even though NG won the bid but that’s what the government can do.


January 12th, 2010
12:35 pm

Bring back our jobs that corporations sent to India and Mexico. Georgia was known as a major telecommunications hub for the top 500 companies. Most of mid mgt, customer Service, Analyst position are a major core for big companies. Now all those jobs are gone. Along with job tuition reimbursements programs, great medical benefits, and company programs that helps our economy (401k, investment, profit sharing, pension and SSI).
Most call center jobs paid between $15-40 an hour. These jobs hours ranged from 8-12pm, allowing Georgians to hopefully start a career in corporate America, get a second job or work more hours.


January 12th, 2010
12:43 pm

Horse racing, casino’s, a state wide marta/ transportation system – those three industries alone would not only bring hundreds of thousands of jobs, but also get consumers to spend to bolster the economy…

Alice Hare

January 12th, 2010
12:46 pm

Since the federal stimulus money is to be used for infrastructure improvements, one idea would be to create jobs by hiring unemployed workers to make the long overdue and vital structural improvements so direly needed in our national and state parks. The parks system already has the list of these needed projects ready to implement. A jobs program like this could be started quickly. People hired for these jobs would have to agree to participate in retraining programs. This would be a good way to offer a better future to these workers, while at the same time giving our citizens a safer and better park system for their enjoyment.

stop the madness

January 12th, 2010
12:46 pm

The age old rhetoric of targeted tax incentives for large business, or any business for that matter, has been exposed by recent studies published in this and other national media portals. The state of GA has no tracking mechanism in place to even verify incentives extended to these businesses actually realized one dollar of the gains suggested. The idea is great but these studies, also conducted in Louisiana and South Carolina, show no real job creation, but rather uncollected taxes that should have been revenue for the states, and the encouragement of businesses to become dead weight on tax payers who are footing the bill for resources and infrastructure being depleted by these companies. Perhaps a more grassroots effort, starting in the communities, would be more effective than government incentives and intervention. I am convinced no government official, from either side of the aisle, back of the room, from the hallowed hallways on (in)justice, around the building, or anywhere else has my or the average Joe’s best interest in mind. If it is to be, it’s up to me.

Bud Flu

January 12th, 2010
12:46 pm

Have Shirley Franklin come in, and start a state wide “Pothole Possie.”


January 12th, 2010
12:48 pm

eliminate corporate taxes