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August 10, 2016 | Spotlight

Statewide workforce development conference reaches over 400 professionals

Statewide workforce development conference reaches over 400 professionals

Writer: Roger Nielsen

More than 400 workforce development professionals explored proven ways to better prepare Georgians to successfully meet 21st century employment needs during the inaugural Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Convening held recently in Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Development Division engaged the Institute of Government to coordinate the conference, which was held Aug. 1-3 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

"Georgia's first WIOA Convening provided a great opportunity for our partners to gather and collaborate on best practices for training Georgians for in-demand jobs," said Ben Hames, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Division. "This event attracted more than 400 workforce development practitioners, proving to be our most successful state-led trainings to date."

The conference brought together workforce professionals with local agencies, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Human Services, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Georgia Department of Labor. Institute faculty served as moderators and presenters, addressing topics like how Georgia's changing population impacts the state's workforce development program and effective ways of engaging workforce partners.

Faculty member Beverly Johnson, one of the Institute's workforce development specialists, spearheaded conference coordination and led one of the workshops. "The convening allowed workforce development professionals to gain a deeper understanding of WIOA while helping to strengthen workforce development partnerships across Georgia," Johnson said.