Leaders prepare for business landscape in the year 2030

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce says in next 14 years, the state will need one million new jobs to keep up with the growing population.

CEO Chris Clark and others met Friday for the “Georgia 2030” initiative.

“We’re polling, we’re surveying, we’re holding town hall meetings like we held here today in Middle Georgia. We’re actually asking people what they think,” Clark said.

He says he wants to know what business leaders are thinking.

“It’ll become the core of what we do at the Georgia Chamber. It’ll become our platform. It’ll become what we focus on with our lobbying teams in Atlanta and D.C.,” Clark continued.

As the state continues to grow, both in business opportunities and population, Clark says it’s important to prepare for the change in workforce.

“Over the next 14 years we’re going to add almost two million more Georgians. We’re going to have over 50 counties in the Georgia, though, that are going to lose population,” he said while scanning over his presentation data.

Robin Regional Chamber CEO April Bragg isn’t sure what will happen over the next 14 years, but says it’s necessary to think ahead about what jobs will be needed in the region.

“The increase in need for healthcare professionals and things of that nature are very critical for our community and things that we as community leaders need to be aware of in planning,” Bragg said.

Clark points out a big concern for Middle Georgia is losing millennials to bigger cities.

“You’re losing that younger population right now in your projections. So what do we do to improve the community?” he asked.

An improvement leaders are already beginning to think how to go about and get ready for the year 2030.

“It really helps us get a better understanding of where we are, where we are projected to go, and what we’re going to do to take care of the situation when it gets here,” Clark said.

The plan is to collect all the data from the surveys and meetings and present the information back to local chambers across the state.

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