Today, the rural economy is driven by three sectors – agriculture, public safety (e.g. law enforcement, prisons) and education. A technology option would change the landscape in a fundamental manner – adds a growing, viable fourth sector, instantly raises economic prospects and provides a boundless career path.
The technology industry, our members, hold the key to shifting the prospects of over 100 Georgia counties. This program would recruit employers/our members to commit to hiring individuals trained through the Hope Grant at rural technical colleges and allow those individuals to work remotely. The idea is to push the workforce to the rural areas using technology to work from home. Given our recent healthcare emergency, now more than at any other time, this could be a fruitful project.
Conceived by Representative Todd Jones, the Rural Technical Worker Program could fundamentally change the trajectory of rural Georgia.
For more information about the Rural Technical Worker Pilot program, contact Heather Maxfield at Heather@tagonline.org