Archive for November, 2018

Pay increase to affect law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, 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.


Grants given for Atlanta jobs

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A number of new grants are being allocated for Atlanta jobs.

WorkSource Atlanta (WSA) announced a $715,000 discretionary grant awarded to the agency by the Technical College System of Georgia.

In concert with partners at the State of Georgia, and under the leadership of newly appointed interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel, WSA submitted a strategic plan to the governing State board detailing the steps taken to place the critical job training organization back on a trajectory of success and longevity.

“I want to thank Mayor Bottoms and our State partners for their support and belief in WSA’s programs,” said interim Executive Director Kimberlyn Daniel. “As we work in partnership with the Board of Directors and City leaders, I look forward to an innovative collaboration that will not only continue to right this ship, but also chart a course for sustainable success. The cultivation of meaningful community, non-profit and private partnerships will only extend WSA’s reach and help us fulfill our mission to assist our Atlantans with opportunity and pathways to well-paying jobs.”

WorkSource Atlanta will play a critical role in actualizing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ One Atlanta vision—expanding equity and leveling the workforce playing field for all Atlantans citywide.

The discretionary grant signals a vote of confidence from the State’s governing body.

The Administration and WSA remain committed to a thriving workforce training initiative to grow Atlanta’s economy from the middle out through direct investments in the city’s most valuable assets—its residents.


City officials establish program for Atlanta jobs

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

City officials have announced a new program that will bolster Atlanta jobs.

The Center for Workforce Innovation is a jobs training program focused on outcomes-based education for high-demand careers.

The Center, which 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.

“Investing in the communities where we live, work and serve is part of our DNA at Delta, and the Center for Workforce Innovation is a great opportunity to prepare students for the highly skilled jobs Atlanta companies need to compete in the global environment,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “It has been an honor to chair this effort, and I’m excited about the future Delta employees who will join us in the years to come thanks to this initiative.”