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April 2000 Newsletter

Elected Officials Meet Summer Jobs Section 8 Housing
Request for Proposals Conferences Workshops

Elected Officials Meet Regarding WIA

The Coosa Valley/North Georgia Chief Elected Officials, representing the fifteen-county Northwest Georgia area, met on March 14, 2000 in Rome, Georgia, to affirm the area's designation as a Workforce Investment Area and to negotiate an agreement whereby the elected officials could begin activities to implement the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Clarence Brown, Chairman of the Council of Chief Elected Officials, stated that he felt "a sense of urgency in assuring that this area has an organizational structure for oversight of a new workforce system" and had called the meeting where 40 of the 65 elected officials returned written concurrence letters agreeing with the fifteen-county area designation.

Mr. Brown remarked that the elected officials had begun services under the Job Training Partnership Program in 1983 when huge layoffs (particularly in the textile industry) plagued the area. He said that the area's unemployment was now 3.9%, and employers were searching for solutions in preparing those with serious employment barriers for the many unfilled jobs. The elected officials' role in workforce issues was an important one in the changing economy.

The elected officials in the Memorandum of Agreement kept many of the structures already in place under JTPA for implementing WIA: a fifteen-member, chief elected official executive committee; Coosa Valley Regional Development Center as the Grant Recipient and the Fiscal Agent; and active involvement of the chief elected officials in the development and oversight of the job training system. But new roles were also delineated including involvement in the One Stop Delivery System.

Andrea Harper, Assistant Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, provided an overview of Georgia's Vision for the Workforce Investment system which included universal access to the system and yet an obligation of areas to use the WIA dollars "to fund some of the infrastructure of this workforce system, not all, but some" and to use WIA to "fill gaps that are not otherwise provided through other public agencies and through other public dollars."

Summer Jobs

The Summer Youth Program, which has trained and provided jobs for approximately 600 youth in our fifteen-county region in past years, needs help from private industry and businesses to operate this summer. Funding to our region for youth programs has been cut by over 60% and additional follow-up requirements have been added under WIA. Consequently, we will have funding for only 150 - 200 youth.

Commissioner of Labor Thurmond met with the Job Training Partnership Program Directors and Department of Labor Workforce Center managers a few weeks ago. As a result of the meeting, the managers are working with local employers to identify jobs for youth. The JTPA program is working with local school systems to identify youth who could potentially fill the summer positions.

The Summer Youth program has been an important component in our region for preparing young people for the world of work. The skills and salaries they receive has also been important in helping them remain in school and graduate.

If you know of any youth who may need assistance in finding employment this summer, contact Wanda Williams, JTPA Youth Coordinator, Coosa Valley RDC, 1.800.332.1965 or 706.295.6485.

If you have a summer job that a youth could possibly fill, contact your local Department of Labor Manager: Blue Ridge, David Carter, 706.632.2033; Cartersville, Larry Beck, 770.387.3760; Cedartown, Brenda Sanford, 770.749.2213; Dalton, Derita Ruff, 706.272.2301; Fort Oglethorpe, Dot Hale, 706.861.1990; LaFayette, Johnnie Lewis, 706.638.5525; and Rome, Mark Ezzell, 706.295.6051.

Please, help a kid find a job.

Section 8 Housing Prosperity Vouchers Issued
by Mark Greenway

Two Department of Human Resource Area I counties have received a total of 75 Prosperity Rental Vouchers. Haralson County received 25 vouchers; and Floyd County received 50 Vouchers. The program is targeted for Georgia families who:

Presently receive TANF*
Received TANF
Were eligible for TANF
Received Diversionary Assistance in place of TANF during the past 24 months

These families are the ones who will be coming off TANF very soon and shall benefit greatly from the Rental Assistance Voucher Subsidy as they are transitioning from the TANF case load into the work place.

Statewide, 2000 vouchers will be issued. The Rental Assistance Vouchers were issued in March. Those approved will have 60 days to find rental units.

Questions about the Prosperity Voucher Program may be directed to: Mark Greenway, CRDC Area I, 54 Kiker Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540; 706.635.2361.

*TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)

Request for Proposals

The Coosa Valley/North Georgia Council of Chief Elected Officials recently selected the Coosa Valley Regional Development Center as the Grant Recipient for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Welfare to Work (WtW) funding and approved issuing Requests for Proposals for services.

The Coosa Valley RDC has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide Welfare-to-Work and Youth Services for area residents who are eligible under the provisions of WtW and WIA funding. Services are to be provided for Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Pickens, Paulding, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.

The development of the WIA system is in preliminary stages. These bid requests represent very generalized requirements which may, by necessity, be modified as the System is defined by the Youth Council and the Workforce Investment Board.

Approximately $750,000 is available in WtW funds to serve an estimated 150 individuals. An estimated $550,000 is available in WIA funds to serve 150 - 200 youth (age 14 and above). Selected contracts may be negotiated on a cost reimbursement basis for governmental and private non-profit organizations and fixed unit performance based for for-profit organizations.

Deadline to submit proposals is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, 2000. Local educational agencies, community-based organizations, small, minority and/or women's businesses are encouraged to apply. The Coosa Valley RDC reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. Funding is contingent upon the availability of federal funds.

To obtain proposal format, write JTPA Section, Coosa Valley RDC, P.O. Box 1793, Rome, Georgia 30162-1793; FAX requests to JTPA Section at 706.802.5567; or obtain at www.careerdepot.org.  All proposal format written requests, including FAXs, should be received by April 14, 2000 to allow for processing.

Equal Opportunity Program: Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Conferences

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, Blazing the Trail for Professionals Conference, May 21-24, Reno Nevada, Reno Hilton. Visit www.nawdp.org,  phone 202.887.6120, or e-mail nawdp@aol.com for more information.

Joint Employment & Training Technology Conference - JETT*CON 2000 will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico July 10 - 12. JETT*CON 2000 includes the information and practical examples that officials and employers need to construct the new and exciting workforce systems. 

2000 Labor Market Forum. The LMI Training Institute and Texas Workforce Commission invite you to the 2000 Labor Market Information Forum August 6 - 9 in San Antonio, TX. To obtain up-to-date information on Forum plans, visit the LMI Institute's web site.  You can also contact the Institute at 800.644.4226 or e-mail jward@sces.org

Back to the Basics: Challenge in the New Millennium, the Region III Financial & Administrative Conference is being held in Biloxi, Mississippi, August 29 through September 1. For registration information, call Bessie Glass 601.961.7637 or visit www.r4fac.org

Workshops

On April 12, Floyd College Continuing Education presents Understanding Cultural Diversity at Heritage Hall, Floyd College Downtown Rome Campus. To register, call 706.295.6324 or write to Continuing Education, Floyd College, P.O. Box 1864, Rome, GA 30162-1864.

Finding Common Ground: Working in a One-Stop Environment will be presented April 13-14 at Kennesaw State University, KSU Center, Kennesaw, GA. The workshop will cover Legal Issues in WIA, Confidentiality, Communication Skills and Active Listening, and Handling Conflict in Organizations. There will be panels from exemplary one-stops from around the country. Call Project IDEAS at 770.423.6369, FAX 770.423.6577 or, for more information, visit www.careerdepot.org/ksuideas.htm

Spectrums of Technology, a symposium on the future of technology, will be presented April 20 from 11:30 - 5:30 at Floyd College, Lakeview Building. E-mail grcc@romega.com for registration information.

During May, a series of Business Leadership Development Seminars is being offered by Floyd College Continuing Education. The four-part seminar is designed for administrators, supervisors, managers, and others who have been identified as future leaders. The seminars will be offered Mary 4, 11, 18, and 25 and will be held from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, 415 East Third Avenue, Rome GA 309161. For more information, call 706.295.6324 or e-mail rproffit @mail.fc.peachnet.edu.  

You Can be a Change Agent! How to Motivate People Toward Employment will be presented May 4 & 5 at the Imperial's Comfort Hotel & Conference Center, 8298 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL. The training will be provided by Larry Robbin and is being sponsored by Learning Link, Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc. Write Learning Link, 1519 Clearlake Road, Suite A-114, Cocoa, FL 32922 for more information.

The WIA One-Stop System: Satisfying Customers Through Integrated, Universal Service Delivery and WIA Follow-Up Services: What They Are and How to Provide Them is being offered May 9 & 10 in Columbus, Ohio, by OMTI Workforce Training Institute. Phone 614.895.7500 for more information.

How to Grow and Expand Your Private Career Development Business is being offered June 7 in Dallas, TX. Telephone 408.441.9100, FAX 408.441.9101, or e-mail info@careertrainer.com for more information.

Training and Certification for International Job & Career Transition Coach will be presented June 26-28 in San Jose, CA; September 11-13 in Alexandria, VA; and December 11-13 in Orlando, FL. The workshop is for professionals who provide counseling, guidance, advising, coaching, or training for individuals in job search and career planning activities. Telephone 408.441.9100; or e-mail info@careertrainer.com for more information.

 

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