Leaders share about the economics of education at State Municipal Training Institute
The Georgia Municipal Training Institute is a series of training classes designed to help city officials enhance their knowledge and skills in municipal related matters. Many city leaders convened at the Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia at the annual convention. Dr. Steve Dolinger, president of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, shared information which demonstrated the critical role of businesses and the entire community in building a strong workforce and positive economic climate through improved education.
Data was presented indicating where Georgia stands in its ability to raise the bar on student achievement. “There is a direct correlation between a quality education and a community’s ability to attract good- paying jobs and enhance its quality of life,” shared Dr. Dolinger.
The Economics of Education class provided specific and tangible evidence that education is vitally important to a community’s prosperity. Class members heard from a panel of city leaders: Mayor and GMA 1st Vice President Dorothy Hubbard of Albany, Mayor Jimmy Palmer of Calhoun, Mayor Kay Pippin of Jackson and President of the Georgia School Superintendents Association Dr. Michele Taylor, Superintendent of Calhoun City Schools. Each panelist stressed the importance of city councils, commissioners, chamber leadership, development authority boards, boards of education and business and industry leaders working together with a unified plan to address community needs.
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education was founded in 1992 with its focus being the improvement of student achievement in our state. Through the years the organization has not wavered in reaching that goal. Convening and working with the business, education, civic and government communities, the Georgia Partnership has built a reputation as an independent, nonpartisan voice capable of bringing diverse ideas and groups to the table then connecting varying contributions for the betterment of our public education system.
Pictured: Dr. Steve Dolinger, Dr. Michele Taylor, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Mayor Kay Pippin and Mayor Jimmy Palmer.