The state ranks among the top three in terms of having the highest poverty rates in the United States while ranking in the bottom three states in terms of high school graduation rates. Dalton was recently cited as having the country’s largest percentage of job losses of anymetropolitan area.
In his January 11, 2013 column titled A bright future ahead in the Dalton’s Daily-Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun discusses Dalton, Georgia’s economic future and how the Carpet Capital will rise again. Dalton has had its share of setbacks since the recession of the past decade, and must climb its way out of a deep economic hole.
Yet, according to Dalton mayor David Pennington, Dalton is making headway.“Five years ago, he explained, Dalton had the second highest property tax rate in Georgia. But over the past five years, by cutting property taxes by a third and Downtown Dalton Development Authority taxes by about two-thirds, our tax rate is probably the lowest of any city our size.
This has made Dalton a more competitive place for new industries and businesses to locate, he said.Being sought out as an economically desirable location to establish new business ventures has been one of the mayor’s three major goals. And we can see through the recent construction of several major retail stores — such as Kohl’s, Petco, and Academy Sports and Outdoors — that we are well on our way to meeting that goal.”
The mayor said other goals for Dalton include improving the attractiveness of Dalton for young professionals and promoting the growth of Dalton State College.Thank you, Werner.