Economic Development

Communications and Governmental Affairs Division

Connecting businesses with the skilled workforce they need.

The University System of Georgia provides Georgia’s industries with an unmatched talent pipeline. The twenty-eight University System of Georgia institutions spread across Georgia offer more than 2,400 different degree programs ranging from Ph.D to associate level degrees. If you are operating a business in Georgia, chances are good that we are delivering graduates that can meet your businesses needs. In the metro Atlanta area alone, our institutions have more than 120,000 students.

Our four designated R1 Research Institutions do more than $600,000,000.00 in applied research annually and our institutions leverage their innovation and entrepreneurship support ecosystems to help create more than 150 new businesses each year.

The University System of Georgia Economic Development Services Matrix provides direct links and contact information for resources on our campuses.

Georgia's High Demand Career Initiative


The economic development community in Georgia, led by Governor Deal, has heard from the private sector that one of the greatest challenges facing businesses in Georgia, nationally, and globally is the need for a consistent, trained and reliable workforce. In response, Governor Deal created the High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) to allow those state partners involved in training Georgia's future workforce – primarily the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) – to hear directly from the private sector about what specific needs they have from a workforce perspective (i.e., degrees/majors, certificates, courses, skillsets, etc.).