In April 2014, Governor Deal announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development would be repositioned under the umbrella of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) as the new Workforce Division. This streamlined structure is intended to ensure that the state’s workforce development efforts are aligned with the economic realities of the marketplace and what businesses need to succeed in Georgia.
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 adds a workforce development team to Georgia’s economic development assets, providing additional resources to new and existing companies in Georgia.
While the Workforce Division’s primary responsibility is managing the Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) under the leadership of the State Workforce Development Board – the office is also focused on the broader mission of ensuring that education and training in Georgia is geared toward in-demand jobs. The Workforce Division plays a critical role in keeping Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation to do business.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal program that was signed into law in July 2014, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2015. WIOA is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth to ultimately help Georgia businesses meet the needs of today and the future. The Governor has appointed the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) to administer WIOA funds and designated Workforce Division staff to SWDB, assisting in the regulation of WIOA funds which are administered throughout 19 Local Workforce Development Areas across the state.