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Data-driven Strategies for Community Partners


We recently made the news in Polk County, thanks to another great example of a partnership between our team and Georgia's communities. Tracey Ussery, Community and Economic Development Research Manager, and Elyse Davis, Community Development Manager, partnered with Rome-Floyd County Development Authority to provide a data-driven analysis of industries for its residents and those that commute to the county for work.

The data from Georgia Power's Community and Economic Development team is part of the utility’s research and economic development service, available to companies considering a location in Rome. The data shows that the top industries locally are in the healthcare/social assistance sector, followed by manufacturing and government. 

"Georgia Power’s Community & Economic Development Research team provides analytical services in support of our state’s community and economic development mission. Through innovative data visualization and analysis, our team provides workforce analytics, business intelligence, industry analysis, demographic intelligence, website and presentation support, and a host of other research services, “ says Tracey Ussery. “We are always happy to provide research that helps our community and their businesses understand how they can grow and thrive. We are truly passionate about this work." 

Here is some of the data that Tracey’s team provided for this project: 

  • 15,660 residents of Floyd County actually worked at jobs in the county 
  • 18,314 Floyd County residents worked outside of the county
  • 15,718 people commuted into Rome and Floyd County for job

The story that our data told included:

  • Of those who commuted into Rome, Polk County was the leading contributor, followed by Bartow and then Chattooga
  • Of the jobs drawing people from other communities into Rome, fast food and counter workers was the No. 1 occupation, followed by registered nurses and laborers
  • Nearly 50% more of the registered nurses who work in Rome and Floyd County come from other communities.

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