Partnership creates safety on construction jobs in Atlanta

May 23rd, 2019

A new partnership is being created to reinforce safety for construction jobs in Atlanta at a particular job site.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a strategic partnership with Gilbane Building Co. to promote worker safety and health during construction of a 216,484 square-foot student center at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

The goal of the partnership is to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during the construction of the student center.

The partners will address the use of personal protective equipment; heat illness prevention; and hazards related to falls, struck-by, caught-in/between, electrical, fire protection and prevention, hand and power tools, silica, and noise exposure.

The partners will also encourage contractors to develop and implement safety and health programs, and provide safety and health training to employees, employers, and supervisors.

Through the Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance.

Outreach planned for veterans jobs in Atlanta

May 23rd, 2019

A new event is being planned for veterans jobs in Atlanta.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) are collaborating with the Georgia Department of Labor, the Atlanta VA Health Care System, and the Goodwill Career Center to host a veteran’s education and outreach event on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The event is titled, “From Deployment to Employment: Hire a Veteran Career and Resource Linkage.”

The event serves as an opportunity for qualified veterans, veterans with disabilities, and military spouses to connect with federal contractors offering employment.

The event will also assist federal contractors in meeting goals for hiring individuals with disabilities and veterans, and connect these companies with community-based organizations that provide training and rehabilitation services to veterans with disabilities.

“Working with our partners, ‘From Deployment to Employment’ is an important part of our mission to show that veterans with disabilities and their spouses have a place in America’s workforce,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Southeast Regional Director Samuel Maiden.

“By connecting federal contractors with qualified candidates and enlisting community-based organizations to provide training and rehabilitation services, we can reap the benefits of more inclusive workplaces.”

OFCCP staff will be onsite to review best practices in outreach and discuss promoting greater compliance with focused reviews of federal contractors that employ individuals with disabilities.

Strong month for jobs in Atlanta

April 25th, 2019

It was a strong month for jobs in Atlanta, according to labor statistics.

Atlanta posted a strong March with key metrics trending in the right directions.

Atlanta, preliminary numbers showed, posted monthly gains in jobs and employed residents. Meanwhile, the number of unemployment claims decreased, and the unemployment rate dropped for the 29-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

“Overall, March was a very good month,” Butler said. “Georgia’s economy, just like the nation’s, is running strong. Our communities are consistently adding jobs and unemployment rates are falling. The numbers continue to improve.”

Atlanta ended March with 2.82 million jobs. That’s an increase of about 60,300 from the job total as of a year ago and it’s up 12,300 from last month’s total.

Atlanta also posted gains for jobs in:

  • Local government
  • Private services.

The unemployment rate fell in March, dropping by 0.2 percentage points to settle at 3.6 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.9 percent.

Nationally, the rate for March remained unchanged at 3.8 percent.

The labor force decreased in March by 3,877 to reach 3.07 million. That number is down by 5,373 from the total of March 2018.

Atlanta ended February with 2.96 million employed residents.  The number climbed by 2,712 in March and was up by 5,869 over March 2018’s total.

City hires for COO jobs in Atlanta

April 25th, 2019

The city has filled a key job for COO jobs in Atlanta.

Deputy COO Josh Williams has been appointed to serve as the City’s Chief Operating Officer. Williams will assume the role upon the departure of Richard Cox, who has served as an Executive on Loan from Cox Automotive.

“The City of Atlanta is truly fortunate to have the caliber of public servant found in Joshua Williams,” said Mayor Bottoms. “With Joshua’s steady hand at the Operations helm, the Administration will continue to enhance City services to become the most efficient, customer-focused and unrivaled municipality in the nation.”

“To say that we are grateful for Richard Cox’s service to the City would be an understatement,” continued Mayor Bottoms. “Under Richard’s leadership, we have drastically reduced waste in our budget, streamlined countless City operations and services, enacted sweeping ethics reform, and hosted the most successful Super Bowl in recent history. It has been an honor to have Richard on our team, and it is even more of an honor to count him as a friend. Thank you to both Richard and Cox Automotive for your commitment and dedication to the City of Atlanta.”

Joshua Williams joined the City as Deputy COO in August of 2018 after having served four years as Chief Operations Officer for DeKalb County Schools, a district with nearly 14,000 employees, a $150 million general operating budget and a $1.2 billion capital improvement program. He joined the school system in 2008 and held previous positions including Executive Director of Facilities Management and Director of Facility Planning and Construction. Williams began his career in the private sector construction industry.

Bus tour promotes Atlanta tourism jobs

March 27th, 2019

The launch of a bus tour is putting the spotlight on Atlanta tourism jobs.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s weekly public bus tours of the Atlanta BeltLine have resumed.

The tour — described by New York Times as “a litmus test of Atlanta civic pride” — follows the entire planned Atlanta BeltLine 22-mile loop, passing through each of the 45 neighborhoods that the trail connects.

Knowledgeable guides offer insight into the project’s past, present and future, providing tour-goers with an interactive learning experience about the project and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Bus tour tickets are $25 a seat and can be purchased at
  • Tour buses are ADA-compliant and comfortably seat 32 guests.
  • Tours run on a three hour loop, departing every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
  • With the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station currently under renovation, tours will temporarily leave from and return to the Glenwood Kroger at 800 Glenwood Ave SE
  • Tours typically depart from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA Station).

Company creates real estate jobs in Atlanta

March 27th, 2019

One company is expanding and creating more real estate jobs in Atlanta.

Norfolk Southern Corporation plans to relocate its headquarters to Atlanta.

“Alignment, collaboration, and accountability are the hallmarks of Norfolk Southern’s plan to transform this company and its culture. Our new headquarters in Atlanta advances these key elements of success,” proclaimed Jim Squires, chairman, president and chief executive officer, addressing employees this morning. “Our potential has always been great and now is greater still, as we bring together all of our headquarters functions into a single, integrated team.”

“Norfolk Southern is grateful to the city of Norfolk and the commonwealth of Virginia for their support of our company over the last three plus decades,” Squires continued. “We look forward to the continued growth of our business in the commonwealth as the many operating employees who remain serve the customers and promote economic development in this integral part of our network.”

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders such as Norfolk Southern who seek an expansive infrastructure network, a culture of collaboration, and ready-to-work communities. This announcement also reinforces Georgia’s distinction as the Southeast’s gateway to global commerce. We appreciate Norfolk Southern’s significant investment in Fulton County and look forward to celebrating the company’s future growth and continued success.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms added, “With a shared history dating back to 1846, we are proud Norfolk Southern now calls Atlanta home. This relocation was made possible, in part, by the passing of the Gulch deal and is a reminder that great things happen when our public and private sectors work together. Norfolk Southern will be a great addition to our city, and I look forward to partnering with them as we work to build One Atlanta.”

To create its new headquarters, Norfolk Southern is in advanced discussions to purchase a site from Cousins Properties at 650 West Peachtree St. NW, in the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s growing intersection of corporate, technological, and academic power. In addition, Norfolk Southern intends to engage Cousins Properties to manage the development of its new headquarters. Details of this engagement are expected during the first quarter of 2019.

Department may focus on Atlanta transportation jobs

March 27th, 2019

A newly created department may focus on Atlanta transportation jobs.

Atlanta’s first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) will be established by the mayor to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets and bring new vision and leadership to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population. The move is a key pillar of Mayor Bottoms’ One Atlanta agenda, connecting neighborhoods with each other and with jobs, schools and services, and providing more equitable transportation choices for Atlantans.

“I have publicly spoken about my grandmother, who rode MARTA to work every day for 30 years and the generational impact her ability to simply get to and from work has had on my family. Like my grandmother there are many working families who rely on public transportation. But the importance of transportation extends beyond buses and trains,” said Mayor Bottoms at today’s State of the City Address.  “Today, I am proud to announce the creation of Atlanta’s first dedicated Department of Transportation, a one-stop-shop, combining the work of multiple City departments, to better deliver for Atlanta’s mobility future.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission forecasts that the Metro Atlanta region will add more than 2.5 million people and 1 million jobs by 2040, making forward-thinking transportation strategies critical. The management of Atlanta’s more than 1,500 miles of streets is currently dispersed across numerous city agencies. City officials will look to create a one-stop transportation agency that combines the road construction and repair operations of the City’s Department of Public Works with the long-term planning capabilities of the Department of City Planning’s Office of Mobility. These duties will be integrated with the infrastructure investment program of the Renew Atlanta Bond / TSPLOST, which manages capital roadway projects backed with dedicated, voter-approved funding streams.

The new agency will manage a range of transportation improvements from roadway repair and maintenance to sidewalk and bike lane construction to installing and upgrading streetlights and traffic signals, making streets more accessible to people of every age and ability. Combining multiple functions into a single unit with a common vision will enable the new agency to streamline its funding and project delivery pipelines, and to ensure that all roadway projects meet Atlanta’s long-term economic and mobility goals.

“For two years, I’ve envisioned and worked to establish an Atlanta Department of Transportation because our residents deserve better coordination, effectiveness, mobility and citizen engagement from our transportation network,” said Andre Dickens, Post 3 At-Large Representative, Atlanta City Council. “I would like to thank Mayor Bottoms for her full support and several key members of her cabinet for working with us to plan, design and implement this new department.”

Atlanta City Council authorized a study on the creation of a DOT in 2017, and the Mayor’s Office began a feasibility review and internal assessment last year. City Council will now review the Mayor’s proposal and must enact legislation authorizing the standalone transportation department, the structural organization of which will be set up throughout the spring. Mayor Bottoms has also authorized the drafting of a strategic transportation plan to establish the vision and set key goals and accountability measures for the new agency.

Sales jobs in Atlanta created

March 27th, 2019

More sales jobs in Atlanta are being created, according to recent labor statistics.

Salesforce, the global customer relationship management (CRM) leader, will create 600 jobs and invest $12.25 million to significantly expand its presence in Atlanta. The company will grow its footprint to seven floors in its existing building, The Atlanta Plaza, located at 950 East Paces Ferry in Buckhead. The building will now be known as Salesforce Tower Atlanta.

“Georgia continues to attract high caliber companies at an unprecedented rate,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “As the global leader in CRM, Salesforce will have continued access to our leading university system, deep talent pool and technology infrastructure to further scale their presence in the state.”

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

“Salesforce continues to reach new heights and we’re thrilled to further our commitment to the city of Atlanta,” said Elizabeth Pinkham, EVP, Real Estate, Salesforce. “Salesforce Tower Atlanta provides a one-of-a-kind workspace where all of our employees can do the best work of their lives while supporting the community by giving back.”

Plans for the building include a renovated immersive lobby experience and top floor “Ohana Floor,” an open hospitality space available for nonprofits and local education groups on weeknights and weekends at no cost. Salesforce will start moving into the newly renovated floors beginning in 2019.

“Top global tech firms like Salesforce are choosing Atlanta to access our highly skilled workforce, advanced technology infrastructure and academic institutions,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “A majority of Atlanta’s recent new business activity has been in technology and related industry sectors, which has created more than 2,300 new technology-focused jobs so far this year. We are proud to have Salesforce plant deeper roots in Atlanta and look forward to working closely with the company as they continue to grow here.”

GDEcD Senior Project Manager Randall Toussaint represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Invest Atlanta and Georgia Power.

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.”

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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.