In the 186 years since the Georgia state legislature establishedCherokee County, just north of Atlanta, the area has grown fromquiet rural lowlands dotted with Cherokee Indian settlements to adensely populated burb in one of the country's largest metropolitancorridors.

The late 20th century, in particular, brought shopping malls,office parks, interstates and a lot more people to Atlanta and itssuburbs.

“Cherokee County has changed a lot,” says Bob Alford, thecounty's human resources manager and the person largely responsiblefor its workplace safety, risk management and workers' compensation programs. “Our county hasgrown tremendously over the last 15 to 20 years.”

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].