DAHLONEGA – The growing shortage of workers with a commercial driver’s license was among the issues on the minds of Rome City Commissioners during their annual planning workshop.
Commissioners covered a wide range of topics during their two-day retreat at the rustic Forrest Hills Resort & Conference Center near Dahlonega. “Rooftops follow jobs and retail follows rooftops,” Commissioner Craig McDaniel said during a segment focused on the shortage of affordable housing.
Mayor Bill Collins said the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission has identified a number of shortage areas in the workforce and wants to work with local schools on training programs. “Welders, forklift drivers … if there’s a need, the Regional Commission has an opportunity to apply for federal dollars to allow our colleges to get in position,” Collins said.
Commissioners also said they want to share more information about gaps in the workforce with the Rome City and Floyd County school systems. “We’re trying to keep our youth here,” Commissioner Sundai Stevenson said.