Workforce Development

Certified GRAD Site – We Brought Home the Certificate!

Certified GRAD Site – We Brought Home the Certificate!

Mike Grundmann, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, presented the Elbert County Development Authority of Elberton & Bowman director, Rusty Warner, official certification,  partnership, and acceptance into the...

The Elbert Advantage

  • 2016 workforce: 7,577
  • January, 2016 unemployment rate: 5.7%
  • Workforce within a thirty-mile radius: 40,000+

Workforce Training

Workforce development and training is a top priority for Elbert County citizens and municipal partners. Elbert County/Elberton City has state-of-the-art higher education facilities with custom programs and training to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Local Training

Athens Technical College-Elbert County Campus



Basic Supervisor/Management Training – Conflict Resolution – Introduction to Computers – Fork Lift Operator Training – Microsoft Office Training (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) – OSHA 10 Hour for General Industries

OR…Customized Training Based on Company and Industry Need

Prepare Existing and Future Workers With Your Company’s Requirements

Quick Start Program

Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed workforce development program that provides training for qualified new, expanding and existing businesses. For more than 40 years, Quick Start has provided customized workforce training free-of-charge.

Today, the program is one of the state’s key assets to support new and expanding industries. Quick Start delivers training in classrooms, mobile labs, or directly on the plant floor, wherever it works best for a company.

Contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development when ready: Contact Form


75 5th Street N.W., Suite 1200

Atlanta, GA 30308

Retraining workers to use new equipment or new technology?

Retraining Tax Credit

Businesses can receive a tax credit of 50 percent of their direct training expenses, with up to $500 credit per full-time employee, per training program. The annual maximum of the credit amounts to $1,250 per employee.


Eligible expenses include:

  • costs of instructors and teaching materials
  • employee wages during retraining
  • reasonable travel expenses

Retraining tax credits can be used to offset up to 50 percent of a company’s Georgia corporate income tax liability. If the earned credit exceeds that limit, then the unused credit can be carried forward for up to 10 years and applied to future years’ tax liability.

Any business that files a Georgia income tax return is eligible for the retraining tax credit. To qualify, training programs must be designed to enhance quality and productivity or teach certain software technologies. To qualify for the credit, retraining expenses must be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia.

Additional questions?

Contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development when ready: Contact Form




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