Strengthening the Municipal Talent Pipeline in Georgia

A thinly stretched local government workforce is feeling the weight of hard-to-fill jobs that were lost during the pandemic. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that there were over 600,000 less employees on state and local government payrolls in July 2022 compared to February 2020. With support from the Volcker Alliance, Georgia City Solutions (GCS) is piloting a workforce development strategy in two cities to shore up the municipal talent pipeline and generate replicable lessons.

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GCS is engaging local, regional, and state partners to identify pain points in municipal talent recruitment and retention, operationalizing those findings to pilot targeted strategies. Using insights from GCS' 2022 study, Jobs With Purpose: Georgia Municipal Workforce Development Strategy and Playbook, the project team will implement a recruitment campaign focused on hard-to-fill positions and develop a “playbook” for local governments, providing tactical, transferrable recommendations.

Georgia City Solutions is a nonprofit organization that aims to build vibrant, economically prosperous, and well-managed cities. To improve the quality of life for Georgia’s residents, GCS supports and designs innovative programs, solutions, and research. Jobs with Purpose: Municipal Workforce Development Strategy Pilot, their project with the Volcker Alliance, stands to strengthen municipal workforces across the Peach State and beyond.