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FEATURE

with
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

BEN HAMES

WITHIN THE GEORGIA Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is a team that
works each day to ensure that employers are
supplied with a skilled and talented workforce, and Georgians are trained to enter the
in-demand careers of some of the state's
most thriving industries. Below, Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames, leader of the GDEcD
Workforce Division, provides insight on how
the State's workforce office partners with
county and local governments to increase
workforce development.

Q
A

What is the GDEcD
Workforce Division?
We are the marketing arm of the state,
responsible for selling Georgia as a number
one destination for business and quality of
life. In 2014, our office, formerly known as the
Governor's Office of Workforce Development,
became a division within the Georgia
Department of Economic Development.
Governor Deal recognized that workforce
development was increasingly critical to the
continued economic development in Georgia.
Since the merge, we have partnered with other
divisions within the department to help employ
and train Georgians for the in-demand careers
within some of the State's leading industries.
Our Global Commerce division, for example,
has helped create a total of 25,341 new jobs
and generate $4.4 billion in investment during FY16. Another one of Georgia's leading
economic engines is the film and television
industry. Georgia now ranks third in the U.S.
and fifth in the world in terms of feature
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film production. In November, Georgia was
named the top state in the nation in which to
do business by Site Selection Magazine for
the 4th year in a row and we are excited to
be a part of that good work.

Q
A

What populations of the state's
workforce do you serve?
The primary building block of Georgia's
strong business climate is our highly-skilled
workforce. Our statewide workforce system,
WorkSource Georgia, seeks to connect talent
with opportunity. In doing so, we partner with
employers that represent some of Georgia's
most high demand industries to uncover
their immediate and long-term needs from a
workforce perspective. Georgia ranks No. 1
in workforce development and has one of
the largest university systems in the U.S.,
housing more than 50,000 annual graduates
from 31 public colleges and universities. In
addition, the state's exceptional workforce
training program, Georgia Quick Start, has
trained more than one million Georgians and
continues to be one of our greatest economic
development resources.
To further connect our workforce with specific needs of companies in Georgia, Governor
Deal created the High Demand Career Initiative
(HDCI) in 2014 which connects our team, the
University System of Georgia, the Technical
College System of Georgia and key business
leaders in many of our private-sector industries to meet the future workforce needs of
Georgia businesses. In 2015, Governor Deal
launched Georgia WorkSmart, a statewide

work-based learning initiative, designed to
assist companies in developing registered
apprenticeship programs and facilitating the
establishment of other work-based learning
programs. Our office also manages Trade Five,
a skilled-trade awareness initiative, designed
to promote the rewarding careers in construction, manufacturing, logistics, telecommunications and energy. We are also excited to offer
an online portal, OperationWorkforce.com,
designed to connect veterans with employers seeking their unique skills. HDCI, Georgia
WorkSmart, Trade Five and Operation
Workforce are all examples of how we work to
serve specific populations of Georgia's workforce to meet business needs. Other business
services that are offered through our office
include Rapid Response, a program designed
to assist dislocated workers and companies
in the event of a layoff, and Incumbent Worker
Training, designed to help upskill employees
during business upgrades or during a transition to new technology. Our goal is to ensure
that we are meeting the needs of business and
job seekers across the State at each point in
the workforce development cycle.

Q

How can counties and other local
governments be proactive and
partner with the Workforce division
to increase workforce development?
Positioned within each region of the
state is a Local Workforce Development Area
(LWDA) that does an excellent job of training and providing employment services to
job seekers. We rely heavily on our LWDAs

A


http://www.OperationWorkforce.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 4
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 5
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 6
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 10
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Haralson County: Location and Rural History Provide Opportunities for Success
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Parks and Recreation: An Investment for Today and Tomorrow
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 17
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 18
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - ACCG and GDOT Dedicate Historical Marker
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Senior Services Help Residents Flourish and Thrive
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 22
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - UGA Extension Educates Communities through Partnerships with Parks and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Q & A with Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames: Counties and Workforce Development
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - County Health Departments Work to Improve Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 29
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 30
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - From Wellness to Wellbeing: LGRMS Assists Counties with Providing Comprehensive Health Programs to Local Government Employees
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - 32
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Summer 2017 - cover4
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