Atlanta tourism jobs grow

February 25th, 2019

The state is celebrating the growth of Atanta tourism jobs, among other locations.

Georgia tourism industry professionals from across the state for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol to recognize the importance of the tourism industry in Georgia.

“Georgia’s tourism industry continues to break visitation and impact records, helping to boost our economy and sustain more than 460,000 jobs for hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Kemp. “I look forward to working with industry leaders in the months and years ahead to spur job creation, encourage investment, and make Georgia #1 for small business.”

The state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. Leaders in the industry presented Governor Kemp with a check representing the $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue generated by tourism-related expenditures in 2017.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our industry partners in hospitality and tourism,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These entrepreneurs and innovators are committed to creating new tourism product and enhancing existing experiences across the state. Thanks to them, it’s no surprise when visitors come back to Georgia again and again.”

Within the pages of the guide, readers will find inspiring feature stories that take them through the history of civil rights on Georgia’s Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trail, offer a glimpse into Georgia’s past and natural treasures at one of Georgia’s 63 State Parks and Historic Sites, and entice travelers to take the road less traveled on epic road trips, like Georgia Grown Trail 37.

Manufacturing company creates Atlanta jobs

February 25th, 2019

One manufacturing company is expanding and creating more Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

he Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that ZKTeco, a global manufacturer of RFID and biometric technology security solutions, will create forty (40) new jobs and invest over $5 million in the relocation and expansion of its U.S. headquarters to Alpharetta. Newly created job placements will consist of inside sales, technical support, research and development, light assembly, quality control, and logistics personnel.

“I am pleased to welcome ZKTeco to Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “As global companies seek to expand in North America, they are finding that Georgia is an ideal location in terms of accessibility, cost-effectiveness, access to skilled talent, and an excellent quality of life. I am confident that ZKTeco made the right decision to locate their U.S. headquarters in Alpharetta.”

Currently based in Fairfield, New Jersey, ZKTeco USA is the subsidiary of ZKTeco, the world’s largest developer and manufacturer of RFID and biometric recognition technology, including fingerprint, facial, finger-vein, and palm-vein readers. ZKTeco has more than 3,500 employees operating from twenty-eight (28) global subsidiaries located in the U.S., China, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, U.K., Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, India, and many more.

The new location also boasts of a 5,000 square feet state-of-the-art customer experience center where customers can physically interact with some the latest advancements in biometric and Artificial Intelligence technology, which is now prevalent in numerous access control, time and attendance, and targeted advertising applications.

Eliminating box to affect Atlanta jobs

February 25th, 2019

Eliminating a certain box on a job application will impact Atlanta jobs.

Atlanta has removed the salary history question on employment applications in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices.

“The City of Atlanta has taken a critical step toward the elimination of pay discrimination by removing salary history questions on employment applications,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Too often, salary history can trap employees in an unfair earnings cycle based on history rather than their skill set. Now, employees can be compensated based on their qualifications, experience and merit. Closing the wage gap and prioritizing equal pay policies helps ensure Citywide economic parity and moves us closer to a more equitable One Atlanta.”

Studies have shown that on average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar their male counterpart earns.

For women of color, the wage gap is even more disparate. Black women on average earn 62 cents for every dollar their white male counterpart earns.

For Latinas, the gap is 53 cents for every dollar—or 47 percent less.

Mayor Bottoms’ move to remove salary history questions from the City’s hiring practices builds upon Atlanta’s decision to ban a requirement for people with criminal convictions to disclose that information job applications in 2014.

The mandated change to employment applications has been updated in print and online.

The Office of Human Resources will also remove the salary history question from verbal interviews and employment screenings.

Company creates sales jobs in Atlanta

January 29th, 2019

One company is expanding and creating more sales jobs in Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Atlanta. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 600 new jobs locally, helping fuel the city’s economic development over the next five years.

The company will grow its footprint in The Atlanta Plaza in Buckhead, which will now be known as Salesforce Tower Atlanta.

Salesforce Tower Atlanta joins the ranks of other Salesforce regional headquarters, including Salesforce Tower New York, Salesforce Tower Indianapolis, Salesforce Tower London, and the company’s worldwide headquarters, Salesforce Tower San Francisco.

Salesforce will start moving into the newly renovated floors beginning in 2019.

Plans for the building include a renovated immersive lobby experience and top floor “Ohana Floor”, an open hospitality space for Salesforce employees, customers and partners, which is also available for nonprofits and local education groups on weeknights and weekends at no cost.

Salesforce has been named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for the past 10 years and was recently ranked one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Salesforce Tower Atlanta will be a hub for world-class, diverse talent, enabling the company to deliver innovations to its more than 150,000 customers around the world. Salesforce has nearly 600 employees in the Atlanta area and more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Atlanta is home to many Salesforce customers including Coca-Cola, InterContinental Hotels Group, SunTrust and Kabbage.

Salesforce employees in Atlanta are committing to deliver 25,000 total employee volunteer hours to local nonprofits in 2019. To date, Salesforce technology has powered more than 37,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; Salesforce.org has provided more than $230 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 3.2 million volunteer hours throughout the world.

Atlanta jobs increase

January 29th, 2019

Atlanta is busy adding more jobs to the economy.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Atlanta set another record in December for total jobs.

At the same time, monthly numbers increased for labor force and number of employed. And, Atlanta maintained annual growth in all critical measures.

“Georgia had a very good year economically speaking in 2018,” Butler said. “As I look back over the year, our state added to its workforce, employed more residents and increased jobs. Many of our local communities set records.”

The unemployment rate for December, at 3.4 percent, was up 0.4 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the rate was 4.1 percent. That rate was tied for second lowest among the 14 MSAs. The rate increased in 13 of the 14 MSAs.

The labor force in Atlanta climbed by 21,459 in December to reach 3.1 million. That number is up by about 40,000 over the past year – an average monthly increase of about 3,400.

Atlanta added 7,805 employed residents in December, pushing the total to 2.9 million. The number is up 55,750 for the year, or about 4,600 per month.

Jobs grew by 8,600 in December to 2.8 million – a record high. Atlanta’s job total is up 69,300 over the year – an average monthly increase of about 5,700.

New Atlanta career paths for victims of crime

January 29th, 2019

The city is busy creating more Atlanta career paths for human trafficking victims.

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 City of 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.

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.

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.