Partnership to boost Atlanta tech jobs

December 26th, 2018

A new partnership will boost Atlanta tech jobs.

The Center for Workforce Innovation, a jobs training program focused on outcomes-based education for high-demand careers, will be housed at Atlanta Technical College, is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Atlanta Technical College. Initial funding for the Center was provided by Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions.

“Atlanta is internationally recognized for its dual focus on commerce and compassion,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our business and civic leaders have a longstanding history of working together to strengthen communities. As we now partner Atlanta’s leading corporations with one of the nation’s best technical college systems, Atlanta residents gain a newfound opportunity to acquire the skills needed to earn higher wages and better provide for themselves and their families. One of the pillars of our vision for One Atlanta is ‘residents who are equipped for success.’ The Center for Workforce Innovation is a remarkable stride towards that goal, and I look forward to seeing Atlanta’s students graduate from the Center and into our workforce.”

“The Center for Workforce Innovation has the potential to transform workforce opportunity in Atlanta, by engaging the most reputable companies to develop a talent pipeline for key sectors,” said Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties. “This effort will advance economic mobility by offering life-changing career paths, while enabling generational impact by providing Atlanta residents access to high-wage jobs.”

The Center’s five partnering corporations will collectively invest an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance.

The $2 million investment will support high-quality instructors, a tuition balance forgiveness program and wraparound services including transportation vouchers.

Year Up Atlanta and career tech-program Per Scholas will also partner to ensure that students obtain meaningful outcomes.

In addition, WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 to qualified students, and all students will be eligible for additional dollars through the HOPE Career Grant.  The Center for Workforce Innovation will launch its pilot program with up to 200 inaugural students in the fall of 2019.

New initiative links victims to crime to Atlanta jobs

December 26th, 2018

A new city-wide initiative is helping to connect victims of human trafficking with Atlanta jobs.

The progressive legislation will help provide economic mobility and a road to self-sufficiency for young women who have experienced difficulty gaining living-wage employment due to poverty, sexual abuse and trafficking.

The newly announced initiative establishes a formal partnership between the Atlanta and Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy. Women on the career track of the Women’s Academy receive 10 weeks of career training, followed by a 12-week paid apprenticeship.

When a participating woman successfully completes the apprenticeship, she will be considered for full employment, one of the final steps towards independence from a life of trafficking. Through the unanimously-approved partnership, the City of Atlanta will work with Wellspring Living to employ Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy participants in an apprenticeship program following the completion of their career readiness training.

“During my first month as Mayor, I committed to addressing the full scope of Atlanta’s human trafficking issue, focusing on both prevention and intervention,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The City’s partnership with Wellspring Living, one of Atlanta’s foremost agencies in the fight to end human trafficking, will provide a path to financial independence to some of our city’s most vulnerable residents making them invaluable members of our City’s trained and qualified workforce. I applaud the leadership of Ouleye Warnock, Commissioner Kisha Powell, and Mary Frances Bowley, Executive Director of Wellspring Living, for their vision, leadership and collaboration toward this transformational public-nonprofit partnership.”

In January, Mayor Bottoms announced the establishment of a Senior Human Trafficking Fellow position within the City of Atlanta. In April, Ouleye Warnock was appointed to the role, tasked with developing and implementing a Citywide policy blueprint on current anti-trafficking programs, critical gaps and recommended new or strengthened policies and practices. In October, the City held its inaugural Human Trafficking Policy Roundtable, hosting more than 50 community leaders and experts to discuss new policy trends, adjustments being made to direct-services, the evolution of the healthcare delivery system, and opportunities for collaboration across the survivors’ services continuum.  The newly announced career path legislation is the most recent addition to a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to eradicate human trafficking in the city of Atlanta.

 

 

Pay raise affects Atlanta police jobs

December 26th, 2018

A new pay raise will affect Atlanta police jobs.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms notified Atlanta Police Department officers that they will receive their first compensation adjustment on December 21, 2018.

On October 1, Mayor Bottoms announced a comprehensive plan to raise compensation for APD members, signing the legislation into law two weeks later on October 15.

During her October press conference, she stated that the city would make an investment towards police compensation by January 2019.

The disbursement of the first round of police pay raises on December 21st, delivers on the Administration’s promise ahead of schedule.

“The City of Atlanta has a world-class police force and its members deserve to be justly compensated,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta’s security relies on the recruitment and retention of law enforcement’s top talent. Thank you to Chief Erika Shields and the Atlanta Police Foundation for their leadership in helping the City keep its promise to those who make Atlanta a safe and welcoming city.”

Beginning December 21st, all police personnel at the Police Officer rank will see an increase in their pay and overall compensation—which will bring them to the competitive benchmark for their tier.

Other ranks will begin to see adjustments to reach the competitive benchmark beginning July 2019.

Pay increase to affect law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

November 29th, 2018

A new pay increase authorized by city officials will increase pay for law enforcement jobs in Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation authorizing an unprecedented 30 percent pay increase for police officers as part of a focused and sustained effort to strengthen and support the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department and make Atlanta the safest big city in America.

“This is an historic step to improving public safety in our city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our police officers have a starting salary lower than our neighboring communities.  I hope that this increase in pay will not only help recruit and retain officers, but assure the public that safety is and always will be a top priority.”

The pay raise will come in two phases.

By January 2019, the city will budget an additional $10 million towards compensation for patrolling police and senior police officers.

By July 2019, those officers will be brought fully to the competitive benchmark identified within the recent Mercer compensation study.

These increases will be in addition to the initial increase in compensation of 3.1% included in Mayor Bottoms’ first budget introduced earlier this year.

The Administration has also committed to reviewing public safety compensation every two years going forward to ensure the department remains competitive.

The Atlanta Police Foundation commissioned a comprehensive market assessment in order to form base pay recommendations for APD’s police ranks.

Once the study was complete, Mayor Bottoms convened a series of priority meetings APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, City of Atlanta officials and other key stakeholders to develop the proposal approved today.

 

Grants given for Atlanta jobs

November 29th, 2018

A number of new grants are being allocated for Atlanta jobs.

WorkSource Atlanta (WSA) announced a $715,000 discretionary grant awarded to the agency by the Technical College System of Georgia.

In concert with partners at the State of Georgia, and under the leadership of newly appointed interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel, WSA submitted a strategic plan to the governing State board detailing the steps taken to place the critical job training organization back on a trajectory of success and longevity.

“I want to thank Mayor Bottoms and our State partners for their support and belief in WSA’s programs,” said interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel. “As we work in partnership with the Board of Directors and City leaders, I look forward to an innovative collaboration that will not only continue to right this ship, but also chart a course for sustainable success. The cultivation of meaningful community, non-profit and private partnerships will only extend WSA’s reach and help us fulfill our mission to assist our Atlantans with opportunity and pathways to well-paying jobs.”

WorkSource Atlanta will play a critical role in actualizing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ One Atlanta vision—expanding equity and leveling the workforce playing field for all Atlantans citywide.

The discretionary grant signals a vote of confidence from the State’s governing body.

The Administration and WSA remain committed to a thriving workforce training initiative to grow Atlanta’s economy from the middle out through direct investments in the city’s most valuable assets—its residents.

 

City officials establish program for Atlanta jobs

November 29th, 2018

City officials have announced a new program that will bolster Atlanta jobs.

The Center for Workforce Innovation is a jobs training program focused on outcomes-based education for high-demand careers.

The Center, which will be housed at Atlanta Technical College, is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Atlanta Technical College. Initial funding for the Center was provided by Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions.

“Atlanta is internationally recognized for its dual focus on commerce and compassion,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our business and civic leaders have a longstanding history of working together to strengthen communities. As we now partner Atlanta’s leading corporations with one of the nation’s best technical college systems, Atlanta residents gain a newfound opportunity to acquire the skills needed to earn higher wages and better provide for themselves and their families. One of the pillars of our vision for One Atlanta is ‘residents who are equipped for success.’ The Center for Workforce Innovation is a remarkable stride towards that goal, and I look forward to seeing Atlanta’s students graduate from the Center and into our workforce.”

“The Center for Workforce Innovation has the potential to transform workforce opportunity in Atlanta, by engaging the most reputable companies to develop a talent pipeline for key sectors,” said Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties. “This effort will advance economic mobility by offering life-changing career paths, while enabling generational impact by providing Atlanta residents access to high-wage jobs.”

The Center’s five partnering corporations will collectively invest an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance. The $2 million investment will support high-quality instructors, a tuition balance forgiveness program and wraparound services including transportation vouchers.

Year Up Atlanta and career tech-program Per Scholas will also partner to ensure that students obtain meaningful outcomes. In addition, WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 to qualified students, and all students will be eligible for additional dollars through the HOPE Career Grant.  The Center for Workforce Innovation will launch its pilot program with up to 200 inaugural students in the fall of 2019.

“Investing in the communities where we live, work and serve is part of our DNA at Delta, and the Center for Workforce Innovation is a great opportunity to prepare students for the highly skilled jobs Atlanta companies need to compete in the global environment,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “It has been an honor to chair this effort, and I’m excited about the future Delta employees who will join us in the years to come thanks to this initiative.”

 

Startup finalists showcase Atlanta jobs

October 29th, 2018

A number of new startup finalists will put the spotlight on Atlanta jobs.

The mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partner Metropole Toulouse, have selected the final eight companies for the 2018 Atlanta International Startup Exchange. The one-week international residency will provide Atlanta-based companies a platform for global expansion in France. Four Toulouse-based companies will also travel to Atlanta as part of the program.

“The International Startup Exchange provides businesses in Atlanta with unique opportunities and resources to increase their global presence and achieve sustainable growth,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “It is important to build and maintain productive relationships with our growing international community as the City continues to attract new residents and investments from around the globe.”

Representatives from ThingTech, Loupe LLC, TC Poly, and Blind Tiger Communications will travel to Toulouse on September 30, 2018 through October 7 during the EmTech Conference. During the week, the startups will meet with French entrepreneurs, European decision makers, investors, and executives in their respective sectors.

“In today’s global economy, it is vital for startups to gain early access to international markets,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “In fact, companies exporting beyond our borders grow 20 percent faster and are less likely to go out of business. Through the International Startup Exchange, the City of Atlanta is giving our startups the chance to tap into new customers and funding opportunities. Atlanta is a global city, and part of that means hosting international startups, so they can see all of our city’s assets as they look to grow and expand.”

Four Toulouse-based startups, Geotrend, VUF, Pixstart, and VYFE, will travel to Atlanta during VentureAtlanta, which will take place October 15-19, 2018. The visiting startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients. Atlanta and Toulouse partnered for the exchange based on the strength of their existing relationships and shared growing industries.

“Sister cities Toulouse and Atlanta are ideal partners in this startup exchange. Toulouse is the home of Airbus, and Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is rich in Fortune 500 companies, and Toulouse has world-renowned research institutions. It is our pleasure to welcome the Toulouse startups each year and watch them expand their global reach using the connections they make while here,” said Louis de Corail, French Consul General in Atlanta.

Officials discuss Atlanta water workforce jobs

October 29th, 2018

A recent meeting focused on creating more sustainable Atlanta water workforce jobs.

At the  Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, speaking to an audience of 200 water utility leaders and executives from across the nation, Mayor Bottoms discussed the Administration’s efforts to address water workforce needs, equity and affordability challenges.

“The City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) safely supplies clean drinking water to 1.2 million customers and maintains daily economic activity exceeding $250M each day,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Given the scope and responsibilities of DWM and the multitude of job opportunities that exist in the water sector, it is essential that we partner with organizations like the Water Environment Federation, federal agencies and strategic partners to highlight the importance of funding water infrastructure at a higher level to strengthen the economy and put more people to work in well-paying, long-term jobs.”

Mayor Bottoms also spoke to the importance of building a world-class pipeline of talent.

“Currently, Atlanta has more than 1,400 hardworking, dedicated full-time water professionals,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our workforce is culturally diverse, as the water sector provides well-paying jobs in every community in Atlanta—which in turn spurs economic growth across our city. We are seeing a growing need for additional talent and must continue to focus on understanding, attracting and retaining the next generation.”

To meet workforce needs, the City of Atlanta has created the Young Leadership Forum, where younger staff members meet bi-weekly to discuss career growth and take part in Toastmasters presentations and other leadership training opportunities. The City also has a co-op partnership with Georgia Tech’s Department of Engineering, which gives engineering majors the ability to receive on-the-job training.

Mayor Bottoms is also creating unique opportunities for low-level offenders to gain job training while incarcerated through the Department of Watershed Management’s partnership with the Department of Corrections and the State of Georgia. Following the release of each participant and full completion of the rigorous program, these individuals can gain full-time employment with the City of Atlanta – creating a new pipeline of qualified employees as well as a new outlook for numerous families throughout the City and State.

Pay increase to affect Atlanta law enforcement jobs

October 29th, 2018

A pay increase from the city will bolster Atlanta law enforcement jobs.

The mayor signed legislation authorizing an unprecedented 30 percent pay increase for police officers as part of a focused and sustained effort to strengthen and support the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department and make Atlanta the safest big city in America.

“This is an historic step to improving public safety in our city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our police officers have a starting salary lower than our neighboring communities.  I hope that this increase in pay will not only help recruit and retain officers, but assure the public that safety is and always will be a top priority.”

The pay raise will come in two phases.  By January 2019, the City will budget an additional $10 million towards compensation for patrolling police and senior police officers. By July 2019, those officers will be brought fully to the competitive benchmark identified within the recent Mercer compensation study.

These increases will be in addition to the initial increase in compensation of 3.1% included in Mayor Bottoms’ first budget introduced earlier this year. The Administration has also committed to reviewing public safety compensation every two years going forward to ensure the department remains competitive.

The Atlanta Police Foundation commissioned a comprehensive market assessment in order to form base pay recommendations for APD’s police ranks. Once the study was complete, Mayor Bottoms convened a series of priority meetings APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, City of Atlanta officials and other key stakeholders to develop the proposal approved today.

“On behalf of the citizens of Atlanta, I want to thank Chief Erica Shields and the men and women who have been called to service through public safety.  These brave individuals serve as an inspiration and role model for us all and we owe them nothing short of our full support,” concluded Mayor Bottoms.

Funding creates tourism jobs in Atlanta

September 28th, 2018

A new round of funding is going towards creating more tourism jobs in Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division announced today that it has awarded $116,744 in product development grants to 16 new and expanding tourism projects across the state.

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding for communities that have participated in our Tourism Product Development Resource Team program,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The grant recipients reflect a variety of exciting and creative tourism projects that will attract and serve visitors throughout the state.”

Since its inception, Georgia Tourism’s Product Development team has served 60 counties, cities, private for-profits and non-profits throughout the state in areas ranging from agritourism to downtown development.

Recipients of the Cycle I 2018 Tourism Product Development Resource Team Grant Funding Program include:

  • Athens Downtown Development Authority—Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle
  • Brooks County Development Authority—A Camellia City Festival: Winter in the Garden Event
  • Chattooga County—Paradise Gardens Foundation Air BnB
  • City of Cuthbert—The Magic of Murals
  • City of Darien—Kumbaya Book and Marketing Materials
  • City of Kingston—The City of Kingston Heritage Tourism Project
  • City of Stockbridge—Green Front Café Identification Project
  • City of Toccoa—Downtown Wayfinding Signage: Phase II
  • Dublin Downtown Development Authority—Telfair Street Building Renovation (Gallery, DIY Painting Event Space & Youth Arts Outreach Program)
  • Eatonton Putnam Downtown Development Authority—Briar Patch Pocket Parks Phase 3
  • Liberty County Development Authority—Dorchester Kiosks – telling MLK, Jr.’s connection to Dorchester
  • Pike County Board of Commissioners—Pike County Map
  • Sandersville School Building Authority—Fall Movie Series