Archive for August, 2018

City officials add director jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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.