The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federal program that was signed into law in August 1998, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2000. WIA 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 a statewide workforce investment board (SWIB) to administer WIA funds and has designated the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division (GDEcD, WD) to support the SWIB, assisting in the regulation of the WIA funds which are administered throughout 19 Local Workforce Investment areas across the state.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The state of Georgia is a Right to Work state. In developing a comprehensive employer and employee linked workforce system, the state of Georgia’s workforce development efforts are labor neutral. In accordance with WIA SEC. 181 (b)(7).