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How Can Atlanta Attract and Retain Talented Workforce?

black-professionalsThe challenge of attracting a talented workforce to Atlanta and retaining it will be the focus of a collaboration summit in September.

Nearly 40 speakers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman, will address ways the area can transform education and cultivate innovation in a way that makes the city an employment magnet, according to Pat Upshaw-Monteith, president and CEO of Leadership Atlanta, which is hosting the “(co)lab” summit Sept. 22-23.

Upshaw-Monteith said there was a time when Atlanta was a leader in retaining “the young and the restless” and “the best and brightest.”

“We want to know why our young people, why the millennials are leaving Atlanta,” she said. “What do we need to do to retain the best and the brightest?”

Upshaw-Monteith said Leadership Atlanta surveyed its membership, which consists of corporate and community leaders, to determine the major issues the city faces. They found education and teaching the skills of tomorrow continue to be the top concerns.

The tech industry, for example, has long expressed concerns about attracting talent disciplined in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)…

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