This has been in the works for a while, so it’s nice to see it’s official. The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is now a part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. From the press release:
“I am excited that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is now part of GDEcD – their resources and knowledgeable staff will only enhance our economic development portfolio,” said Chris Carr, Commissioner GDEcD. “By aligning these entities, the state gains an enhanced ability to attract new business and to ensure that existing industry continues to thrive in a business-friendly climate.”
As GDEcD works to bring new investment opportunities to our state and to support existing industry, a critical component of this mission is meeting the workforce needs of Georgia companies. The Workforce Division, formally GOWD, adds a workforce development team to Georgia’s economic development assets providing additional resources to new and existing companies in Georgia.
“This move to a streamlined structure highlights Governor Deal’s understanding that workforce issues are paramount to economic development in the state,” said Ben Hames, Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner, Workforce Division. “We are looking forward to having a seat at the table where we believe we will be able to contribute to the great work already being done by GDEcD to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.”
The move ties together several initiatives, including Go Build Georgia and the State Workforce Investment Board, both of which work to make sure the state has qualified, skilled employees–especially in technical fields–with the economic development group, which attempts to attract businesses, including high tech manufacturing, to the Peach State. It sounds like a win-win.