Georgia Quick Start Named No.1 Workforce Training Program in the U.S.

Area Development magazine puts Quick Start at Number One for the 14th consecutive year

ATLANTA, GA–Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, has once again been voted the number one workforce training program in the U.S., according to a survey conducted by Area Development magazine, a trade publication for professional site locators. The magazine has conducted its survey of site professionals for 14 years, and this marks the 14th time Quick Start was voted the best workforce training program in the country.

In the same survey, the State of Georgia was recognized as the best state in the country for doing business. This is the 10th consecutive year that Georgia has earned this ranking.

“At the heart of Georgia’s No. 1 ranking for workforce training opportunities is its Quick Start program,” the magazine reported in its Q3 2023 issue. Quick Start has delivered more than 6,630 projects training more than 1.2 million employees since its creation in 1967, and is currently developing training for host of companies in Georgia’s burgeoning clean energy sector.

“Companies in manufacturing, biotechnology, information technology and other sectors need tech-savvy workers with special skills, and this program has helped attract those businesses in Georgia,” the magazine continues.

 “Quick Start’s customized training for new and expanding businesses is the economic development incentive the helps seal the deal for many companies who choose Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “We’re very honored to have our Quick Start team named number one for the 14th consecutive year, and it wouldn’t be possible if not for the outstanding partnership between our 22 technical colleges and Georgia Quick Start.”

Quick Start has been cited as the “deciding factor” in company decisions choosing Georgia, including companies such as Kia Georgia Inc., King’s Hawaiian, SK battery America, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Hyundai Motor Group, Starbucks, Hanwha Qcells USA, and many others.

“The state’s Quick Start program has helped us attract and train workers with a speed and scale that would be difficult for any company to do on its own,” said SKBA CEO Timothy Jeong in a quote cited by the editors of Area Development.

“Our team has never been busier, with several training centers under development across the state and our advanced manufacturing team hard at work on training materials for our state’s growing clean energy workforce,” said Scott McMurray, deputy commissioner of Georgia Quick Start. “We thank our site location partners for recognizing our record of success and having the confidence in our successful performance in the future.”

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About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit


Georgia Quick Start

Rodger Brown – Executive Director of Marketing/Strategic Media 

Technical College System of Georgia

Mark D’Alessio – Executive Director of Communications 


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