Operations as diverse as HON (office furniture), PPI (industrial products), Beaulieu of America (carpeting), Honda Lock (automotive), Caterpillar (construction equipment) and Atlanta City Hall are up and successfully running. Other companies are soon to follow. Some even plan to share common facilities assembling, for example, pallets. This is a true Team Georgia effort with the support of Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other leaders statewide.
The partnership’s goal: to develop a sustainable, flexible model that is saleable throughout the state and yields benefits for businesses, communities, schools and young people. A well-trained workforce is essential for economic growth. Companies that participate will see profits go up, along with production and morale. Communities will see a pipeline of motivated, educated and skilled citizens. We believe we have the potential to help thousands of young people graduate from high school, go to college, join the military or enter the workforce full-time.
This strategy is a bottom-up, locally driven approach that engages the community in advocating and promoting these young people for the betterment of all. Our Marquee Community designation will provide recognition and incentives for communities who go to bat for these youth.
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit 12 for Life when First Lady Sandra Deal was there with Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education. I heard eight inspired young people tell how 12 for Life enabled them to be the first in their families to graduate from high school. Duncan and his staff were mesmerized and wanted to know how 12 for Life could be replicated nationwide.
Southwire, along with a growing list of innovative companies, have stepped up and given us a successful model that works. Now all we need is for other enlightened companies to do the same. So many young people, hungry to be part of the American Dream, are still waiting for their chance.
Great Promise Partnership is committed to making their dreams come true. Are you? If so, please contact us at www.gppartnership.org.