City officials add director jobs in Atlanta

August 26th, 2018

A key official has been named to a position for director jobs in Atlanta.

Kimberlyn Daniel will serve as Interim Executive Director of WorkSource Atlanta, an agency focused on job training and placement.  Daniel brings 20 years of human resources experience with her to this new role, most recently serving as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer for Payspan, Inc.

“WorkSource Atlanta plays a critical role both in arming job seekers with the training and skills they need and connecting them with potential employers,” said Mayor Bottoms “Kimberlyn Daniel’s invaluable experience, combined with her relationships with Atlanta’s corporate community, will allow her to make an incredible impact on the lives of our citizens as they find sustainable employment.”

Daniel’s career has included executive-level positions at First Data, SunTrust, Equifax, and ChoicePoint-LexisNexis where she developed her expertise in strategic planning, employee engagement and organizational design and development, among other areas. Also active in the community, she was named one of the 2015 Atlanta Top Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She is also a member of the Atlanta Hawks Diversity Council and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

WorkSource Atlanta is responsible for programs and services within the City of Atlanta as part of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The agency works with numerous community partners to provide career, educational and training services to help participants find quality jobs and, in turn, greater financial stability.

Grant to bolster tech jobs in Atlanta

August 26th, 2018

A new grant will go a long way towards boosting tech jobs in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) has been awarded a $4 million TechHire grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will support the ATL TechHire initiative, a program led by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, in partnership with The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs. Participants in the ATL TechHire initiative will be enrolled in TechSquare Labs’ innovative culture fit, corporate innovation and career readiness programs, as well as fast-track training with one of The Iron Yard’s coding bootcamps. Participants will train for jobs in front- and back-end engineering, mobile engineering, data science, and design. The U.S. Department of Labor also awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Atlanta Technical College. Overall, Atlanta-based organizations received $7.6 million in total grant awards.

Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta announced that it was designated as a TechHire City by the White House. Atlanta joins more than 50 communities nationwide that have committed to creating pathways to better, well-paying tech jobs and meeting urgent employer demand.

“I am pleased and honored to receive the $4 million TechHire grant from the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This grant makes it possible for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and our partners at The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs to expand opportunities for our residents to learn the skills they need to participate in the twenty-first century economy. Atlanta has emerged as a leading technology and innovation hub in the Southeast, and partnerships like these support us in our efforts to make Atlanta the leader in an inclusive digital economy.”

The demand for technology jobs is outpacing the supply of available talent. Atlanta is among the top ten U.S. cities with the greatest supply-demand gap in IT jobs.

“This $4 million Department of Labor TechHire grant is a great opportunity for the City of Atlanta to ensure that our residents, particularly Atlanta’s youth and young adults with barriers to employment, receive the support and resources they need to attain training and self-sustaining employment in the growing technology industry,” said Michael T. Sterling, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. “As the workforce system for the City of Atlanta, we are fortunate to push this effort forward. It is an honor to work collaboratively with our dedicated partners at TechSquare Labs and The Iron Yard to make sure that Atlanta is leading the way towards technology and business job growth in the south and throughout the country.”

Over $150 million in the H-1B TechHire grant program has been awarded to 39 partnerships providing training in 25 states across the country. More than 18,000 participants will receive services through the TechHire grant program, with a focus on youth and young adults ages 17-29 with barriers to employment, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities, limited English proficiency, criminal records, and long-term unemployment. Training will center on high-growth sectors, including information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare.

Program to strengthen minority-owned businesses and Atlanta jobs

August 26th, 2018

A new program that will strengthen Atlanta jobs is getting a boost from city officials.

Atlanta will join the City Accelerator program, an initiative of the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, to foster innovation and promote collaboration between urban leaders to address pressing issues cities face today. Atlanta will join four other cities in this latest City Accelerator cohort – El Paso, Long Beach, Newark and Rochester – who will work together over the next year to pursue a range of projects that support the growth of local minority-owned businesses and the creation of additional jobs in each community.

“Creating innovative ways to build opportunity and equity through job growth, business incubation and workforce training is a priority for our Administration and our city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our vision for One Atlanta includes a city where neighborhoods, communities and businesses thrive. We look forward to working with the Citi Foundation and Living Cities through the City Accelerator to realize that goal.”

The City Accelerator program includes a $100,000 grant to each cohort city to support local business and job growth. The City of Atlanta’s initiative will fund a program providing access to affordable real estate and technical assistance to economically underserved businesses in Southwest Atlanta. The initiative will be launched at Pittsburgh Yards™, a 30-acre, mixed-use site under development in Southwest Atlanta. Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development authority, will lead the project in partnership with One Atlanta: The Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Performance and local community Partner, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s focus in redeveloping Pittsburgh Yards has always been on providing more equitable opportunities for residents in Southwest Atlanta,” said Kweku Forstall, Director of the Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. “We’re excited that this funding has been secured and hopeful that it will seed meaningful activity for entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.”

The Annie E. Casey Foundation serves as the primary developer of Pittsburgh Yards as well as an impact investor in social service, workforce development, and financial programs for the Pittsburgh community. Through this strategic partnership, they will provide additional visionary support to redevelop Pittsburgh Yards into a commercial, industrial, and retail site on the Atlanta Beltline. Additionally, several commercial spaces at Pittsburgh Yards will be reserved for purchase by small business owners who are selected to participate in the program.

“To achieve and sustain equitable growth, we need to ensure that businesses across the city have access to the resources and assistance they need to compete in Atlanta’s growing economy,” continued Mayor Bottoms. “The real estate development program at Pittsburgh Yards will be a catalytic project to spur economic activity in Southwest Atlanta communities by creating new opportunities for area business owners and emerging enterprises.”

The program will help address four major challenges experienced by minority-owned businesses: limited access to capital based on traditional underwriting criteria, debt service payment capabilities, difficulty purchasing commercial space, and preparing for business growth. In addition to providing access to affordable commercial space at Pittsburgh Yards, the project team will offer technical assistance to help sole proprietorships increase business value by expanding hiring opportunities.

Company to create engineering jobs in Atlanta

July 26th, 2018

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

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Business Unit, one of the leading building transportation companies in North America and a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp AG, will create more than 650 new jobs and invest more than $200 million in its new headquarters and innovation complex in Cobb County. Upon completion, the new complex will include three facilities anchored by a state-of-the-art, 420-foot-tall elevator qualification and test tower, the tallest of its kind in the nation.

“Georgia’s economic environment provides a strong foundation for companies operating in today’s high-demand industries, from technology to transportation,” said Deal. “As a global leader in building transportation, thyssenkrupp will enjoy the resources of the No. 1 state in which to do business by locating its new headquarters in Cobb County. Our world-class university and technical college systems will provide thyssenkrupp access to a deep talent pool and our technology infrastructure will provide a suitable home for future growth. This latest announcement again proves that Georgia is on the minds of job creators worldwide and we look forward to building upon this new partnership with thyssenkrupp in the years to come.”

New jobs will include positions in IT, engineering, administration and training. Completion of the complex is expected by early 2022.

“Our focus and commitment to move people safely, comfortably and efficiently – today and in the future – is at the heart of our business, and it requires continued access to top talent, enhanced collaboration and greater operational efficiencies,” said Rich Hussey, president and CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Business Unit. “Atlanta is synonymous with mobility and innovation, and this move gives us one complex in a national hotbed of innovation that will allow us to serve our customers better than anyone in the industry while providing a high quality of life for our employees.”

Grants support Atlanta IT jobs

July 26th, 2018

A number of grants are going to boost Atlanta IT jobs.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) announced that it has been awarded a $4 million TechHire grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will support the ATL TechHire initiative, a program led by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, in partnership with The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs. Participants in the ATL TechHire initiative will be enrolled in TechSquare Labs’ innovative culture fit, corporate innovation and career readiness programs, as well as fast-track training with one of The Iron Yard’s coding bootcamps. Participants will train for jobs in front- and back-end engineering, mobile engineering, data science, and design. The U.S. Department of Labor also awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Atlanta Technical College. Overall, Atlanta-based organizations received $7.6 million in total grant awards.

Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta announced that it was designated as a TechHire City by the White House. Atlanta joins more than 50 communities nationwide that have committed to creating pathways to better, well-paying tech jobs and meeting urgent employer demand.

“I am pleased and honored to receive the $4 million TechHire grant from the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This grant makes it possible for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and our partners at The Iron Yard and TechSquare Labs to expand opportunities for our residents to learn the skills they need to participate in the twenty-first century economy. Atlanta has emerged as a leading technology and innovation hub in the Southeast, and partnerships like these support us in our efforts to make Atlanta the leader in an inclusive digital economy.”

The demand for technology jobs is outpacing the supply of available talent. Atlanta is among the top ten U.S. cities with the greatest supply-demand gap in IT jobs.

“This $4 million Department of Labor TechHire grant is a great opportunity for the City of Atlanta to ensure that our residents, particularly Atlanta’s youth and young adults with barriers to employment, receive the support and resources they need to attain training and self-sustaining employment in the growing technology industry,” said Michael T. Sterling, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. “As the workforce system for the City of Atlanta, we are fortunate to push this effort forward. It is an honor to work collaboratively with our dedicated partners at TechSquare Labs and The Iron Yard to make sure that Atlanta is leading the way towards technology and business job growth in the south and throughout the country.”

Job training and Atlanta jobs

July 26th, 2018

City officials have named an interim executive director to focus on Atlanta jobs.

Kimberlyn Daniel will serve as Interim Executive Director of WorkSource Atlanta, an agency focused on job training and placement.  Daniel brings 20 years of human resources experience with her to this new role, most recently serving as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer for Payspan, Inc.

“WorkSource Atlanta plays a critical role both in arming job seekers with the training and skills they need and connecting them with potential employers,” said Mayor Bottoms “Kimberlyn Daniel’s invaluable experience, combined with her relationships with Atlanta’s corporate community, will allow her to make an incredible impact on the lives of our citizens as they find sustainable employment.”

Daniel’s career has included executive-level positions at First Data, SunTrust, Equifax, and ChoicePoint-LexisNexis where she developed her expertise in strategic planning, employee engagement and organizational design and development, among other areas. Also active in the community, she was named one of the 2015 Atlanta Top Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She is also a member of the Atlanta Hawks Diversity Council and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

WorkSource Atlanta is responsible for programs and services within the City of Atlanta as part of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The agency works with numerous community partners to provide career, educational and training services to help participants find quality jobs and, in turn, greater financial stability.

Improvement program to create construction jobs in Atlanta

June 29th, 2018

A new infrastructure improvement program may create construction jobs in Atlanta.

The city has appointed has Thomas Weyandt, Jr., as the Interim General Manager of Renew Atlanta, a position responsible for the Renew Bond and TSPLOST – an infrastructure improvement program for the City of Atlanta. Renew Atlanta, a $250 million program is the first major investment in Atlanta’s aboveground infrastructure in more than a decade.

The TSPLOST took effect on April 1, 2017, and will generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant and expansive transportation projects citywide.

Weyandt, a former Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, policy research and regional planning industries. During his time as deputy COO, he served as the primary liaison to City of Atlanta transportation agency partners and coordinated all activities between the departments of public works, planning and community development. During his tenure with the Atlanta Regional Commission as the Director of Comprehensive Planning, Weyandt managed a 68-member staff in all physical planning activities, focusing on regional transportation, soci-economic research and a number of environmental concerns.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Tom back to the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta is seeing tremendous infrastructure growth, and having a person with Tom’s experience is essential to our progression. I look forward to the continued success of this program under his leadership.”

“I am pleased to be returning to serve the City of Atlanta in these vital and highly successful programs,” said Weyandt. “The investments being made in our transportation system will be positive impacts on our community for years to come.”

Weyandt is a frequent lecturer on planning for local universities, has served on the United Way of Metro Atlanta board of directors and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Weyandt earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and also attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Germany where he studied at the East Europe Institute.

 

City celebrates nursing jobs in Atlanta

June 29th, 2018

As Nurse’s week draws to a close, the city has been busy celebrating nursing jobs in Atlanta.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is celebrating National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week.

Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week. During this week, people pay tribute to the contributions of correctional officers, nurses and other civilian personnel who work in jails, prisons and community corrections across the country.

“Each May we participate in this national observance to honor our profession and recognize excellence among our staff,” said Chief Patrick Labat. “The Atlanta City Detention Center operates 24-hours-a-day, year-round, making it difficult to fellowship outside the facility.  Corrections week offers a well-deserved opportunity for staff and their families to be celebrated for their dedication and service to the City of Atlanta.”

This week-long observance will culminate with the 2018 Correctional Officer Awards, on May 11 where Chief Labat will name the Officer of the Year.

New City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer, Richard Cox will serve as the guest speaker.

The DOC kicked off its celebration with a four-mile run/walk led by Chief Labat, the Department of Corrections’ Command Staff, and the VIPER Team at the Atlanta BeltLine East Trail.

Other events planned for the week include professional development training sessions for staff, worship service at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, a memorial tribute in honor of fallen officers, a retirees’ luncheon, health & wellness fair for City employees, kickball tournament, cookout celebrating seniors and more.

City hires for leadership jobs in Atlanta

June 29th, 2018

The city is busy hiring for leadership jobs in Atlanta.

Three key appointments have been made to Atlanta’s leadership team. Jon Keen, a veteran of the United States Army and manager of public sector teams for Deloitte Consulting, has been named Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Interim Director of Constituent Service, Curtis Bailey has been appointed to the permanent position, and long-time Atlanta news anchor and reporter Keith Whitney has been named Director of Communications.

“As we continue to focus on governing the city of Atlanta in a way that is efficient, effective and transparent, we are fortunate that Jon, Curtis and Keith have agreed to join our Administration’s leadership team,” commented Mayor Bottoms. “Jon’s experience in business and the military has given him the management, strategic planning and communication skills necessary to work successfully across City operations. I am also proud to have Curtis in this critical position for the Administration. He is a devoted public servant and his understanding of the Atlanta community will allow him to continue to provide the support our neighborhoods and residents need and deserve.”

“I am truly excited that Keith Whitney has agreed to serve our Administration. Over the past 25 years, he has built a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most highly regarded and trustworthy reporters and he will bring that same level of integrity to the City,” she continued.

Jon Keen is currently a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where he works with the company’s public sector team to identify new opportunities in the areas of strategy, innovation, digital transformation, analytics and marketing. Prior to that, he was a research and consulting fellow at the Roy and Lily Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he consulted with local governments seeking to improve efficiency and service.  Jon served in both Italy and Afghanistan as a Captain in the United States Army and is currently president of the alumni board for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Atlanta hospitality jobs grow

May 29th, 2018

The number of Atlanta hospitality jobs are growing, according to recent statistics.

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.

“The tourism industry contributes significantly to the growth and prosperity of Georgia’s economy,” said Deal. “During National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re celebrating the continued success of this vital industry and the more than 460,000 jobs created by tourist expenditures. Last year, a record number of visitors traveled to Georgia to explore our mountains, coastline, thriving cities and small towns. The continued growth of the tourism industry provides meaningful employment opportunities for families, strengthens our local communities and reaffirms our status as a world-class tourism destination.”

In 2017, visitor spending in Georgia generated more than $3.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. According to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, Georgia’s total tourism demand is 39 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.

“Georgia’s tourism industry is the foundation for being able to offer our citizens access to a thriving quality of life with unique destinations, experiences, events and cultural opportunities,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to our Georgia Tourism team as well as the tourism industry professionals across the state for making Georgia a top travel destination.”

“Tourism’s astounding growth as one of the top industries in our state is a testament to our tourism industry professionals who work tirelessly to promote their destinations and create new opportunities to entice visitors to come back,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin Langston. “National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the strength of this industry, the impact it has on our economy and the excitement of what the future of this industry holds.”