Archive for February, 2015

Legislation to affect women with Atlanta jobs

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A new piece of legislation is going into effect that will impact women with Atlanta jobs.

Mayor Kasim Reed will sign into law legislation to ensure all women employees of the City of Atlanta receive equal pay for equal work after the City Council passed the proposed legislation unanimously during its meeting.

More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women, especially minority women, continue to trail men in the workplace in compensation for their work.

The legislation authorizes the City’s Department of Human Resources to hire a consultant firm to research the salaries of all City employees and identify pay disparities between men and women. The study will be conducted and finalized before the end of the fiscal year in June 2015.

The mayor said that he supports the Obama Administration’s work to close the loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and the President’s 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which gives back to employees their day in court to challenge a pay gap.

“Women should receive equal pay for equal work. It’s unfortunate that some are still debating what should be common sense and law everywhere, but I also recognize the systemic discrimination that has held down women’s pay and want to address it proactively. I proposed this legislation to ensure that women employees in every department receive fair pay for their work. I applaud the City Council for passing this legislation. We hope this will encourage other cities in Georgia and across America to follow our example,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.

Initiatives to boost Atlanta jobs

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Initiatives created by the city have been launched to produce more Atlanta jobs.

The City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) will provide an ecosystem of resources and support to nurture the advancement of women-owned businesses.

Goldman Sachs, through its 10,000 Small Businesses program, will provide loan capital to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), giving entrepreneurs in Atlanta more access to growth capital and the opportunity to apply to a business education program offered nationally by Babson College.

Goldman Sachs will provide new loan funds for Atlanta small businesses as part of the firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses program. Goldman Sachs will provide ACE with $3 million, increasing ACE’s ability to provide loans between $50,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Atlanta, including low- and moderate-income and minority- and women-owned businesses.

Goldman Sachs selected ACE as a partner through a competitive bid process to select lenders that could expand the 10,000 Small Businesses program into underserved urban areas. ACE also received grant support to expand its technical assistance programming and to cover a loan reserve.

The WEI, located in downtown Atlanta’s historic Flatiron Building, will serve as an incubator for women entrepreneurs and will provide resources and support to accelerate business growth, expand community outreach, offer educational workshops and mentorship engagement, provide legal advice and assist with marketing efforts.

In addition, Microsoft will provide development software, coaching, and grants to the WEI through their Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC).

The MIC will be housed exclusively in the Flatiron Building, and will be the only MIC in Atlanta. Through a competitive selection process, 15 women entrepreneurs will be selected to incubate their business at the WEI.

Over the course of 15 months, the entrepreneurs will have access to practical business education, financial capital and business support services.

“The launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses lending program in Atlanta represent our city’s commitment to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses,” said Mayor Reed.

Workforce agency fills Atlanta director jobs

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency has secured a key hire for Atlanta director jobs.

Executive Director Michael T. Sterling was named to the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council (WDC).

The WDC works with mayors’ representatives to influence Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor in establishing workforce policies and procedures that directly benefit the underemployed and unemployed.

Sterling will work with other employment and training administrators to examine workforce development issues and to strengthen the ability of cities to meet the needs of their citizens, particularly economically disadvantaged individuals, those with serious skill deficiencies, dislocated workers, and others with special barriers to employment, including at-risk and out-of-school youth.

“Joining the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council gives the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency the resources and ability to gain insight on best practices from municipalities across the country,” said Michael T. Sterling, executive director. “It also provides the agency with the tools to improve and expand services in workforce development and training so that more Atlanta citizens will have opportunities for careers and sustainable employment. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees to strengthen the role of workforce development as an essential component of a strong and growing economy in Atlanta and the nation.”

“I am aware of Michael’s efforts and progress in rebuilding the workforce system in Atlanta and believe that he will offer an important voice to the WDC,” said Rick Beasley, president of the WDC. “The WDC will be a supportive ally and a valuable resource as he continues his reform efforts in Atlanta. I am pleased to appoint Michael to the Board of Trustees.”