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March 2000 Newsletter

Georgia WIB DOL Pilot Internet Conferencing
Extension Service Conferences Workshops
Labor Surplus Areas


Georgia WIB

The first meeting of the Georgia Workforce Investment Board was held on February 11 & 12 in Peachtree City, Georgia. The appointed Chairman of the Board is Mr. Leonard Golden. The temporary Executive Board includes Dr. Ken Breeden, DTAE; Ms. Pamela Teague, IBM Global Learning Services; Mr. Michael Johnson, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Roy Fletcher, Vidalia; Mr. Tracy Campbell, Kids Gym USA, Inc. and; Mr. Richard Ray, Georgia AFL-CIO. Ms. Gloria Kusmik is Executive Director of the Partners' Council. The next meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2000.

The State Workforce Investment Plan is posted on the Department of Labor web site. You may leave comments on the plan via the e-mail link or through the posted address. The web site is located at www.dol.state.ga.us.  The plan will be reviewed by the public and comments accepted through March 21, 2000. The Plan is due at U.S. Department of Labor by April 1, 2000.

DOL Pilot

Fort Oglethorpe and Dalton Department of Labor offices were recently selected for the state pilot project to integrate Department of Labor activities in preparation for the Workforce Investment Act. The activities include WIA Title I programs, Veterans' services, Wagner-Peyser services, Unemployment Compensation services, etc.

Fort Oglethorpe and Dalton are in the process of reconfiguring their office space to accommodate the new Workforce Investment Act requirements and to promote better customer flow.

Internet Conferencing

Microsoft NetMeeting offers comprehensive solutions for real-time communications and collaboration on the internet. With NetMeeting 3.01 you can:

Text Chat with up to 8 people

Work on a shared Whiteboard with 8 people

Share an application with those same 8 people

Send files to all 8 people at once

Use Internet Telephony with another person

Use Videoconferencing with another person

Video telecommunication cameras are available for under $100. Hosting just one meeting for 8 people over the internet rather than paying travel costs will more than pay back the cost of the camera. Video telecommunications can also be a convenience of customers, many of who have transportation problems.

The Fort Oglethorpe Labor office Workforce Center has also found that employers are buying into the concept. Several are discussing interviewing job applicants from the Labor office rather than having the individual travel to their offices.

About.com has an excellent, informative article about the benefits of utilizing NetMeeting 3.01. The article also has good instructions, with graphics, to help you set up NetMeeting and solve any problems that you may be having. The article is located at http://netconference.about.com/internet/netconference/library/weekly/aa081699.htm. 

Extension Service

 The workforce development community was treated to an enjoyable and informative workshop at the Work in Action seminar held on February 11. Lori Hackney, Family & Consumer Science Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service, provided guidelines and suggestions for decorating offices and work spaces to make them more customer and employee friendly. Lori was even able to come up with some designs that satisfied the male attendees.

In addition to decorating and working with colors, Lori is available to provide workshops on budgeting, nutrition, etc. She works out of the Extension Services office in Calhoun and serves Gordon, Bartow & Floyd Counties. You can reach her at 706.629.8685, fax 629.8686 or e-mail lhackney@uga.edu


Southeastern Employment and Training Association, SETA, 2000 Spring Conference, March 19-22, 2000, Asheville, North Caroline, Grove Park Inn. Phone 828.250.4760, fax 828.255.5833, or visit www.seta.org

Public HR Management Conference & Exposition: A National Conference and Exposition dedicated to public sector Human Resource Excellence. March 20-22, 200, Washington D.C., Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Phone 703.684.0510 or 800.727.1227 or fax 703.739.0489.

Association of Job Search Trainers (AJST) 2000 AJST Conference, March 26-29, 2000, San Antonio, Texas. To register or obtain more information write to AJST, P.O. Box 1484, Pacifica CA 94044 or fax 650.359.3089.

National Association of Job Training Assistance (NAJA) 18th Annual Conference, Embracing the Millennium, March 27-31, 2000, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Phone 800.747.6252, 916.447.6252, fax 916.451.9150, or visit www.hometown.aol.com/najahome

National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, Blazing the Trail for Professionals Conference, May 21-24, 2000, Reno, Nevada, Reno Hilton. Visit www.nawdp.org,  phone 202.887.6120, e-mail nawdp@aol.com for more information.


Floyd College Continuing Education will present Understanding Cultural Diversity on April 12, 2000, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Heritage Hall, Floyd College Downtown Rome Campus. The conference is designed to help create a better understanding of the Latino Culture so all can work more effectively and more fully understand and appreciate its contributions to our community. The conference is sponsored by Floyd College and the Atlanta based Mexican Consul General.

Deadline to register is March 30, 2000. The conference costs $50 per person or $225 for a table of 5. 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 is a two-day conference for front-line staff being held April 13-14, 2000, at Kennesaw State University, KSU Center, Kennesaw, Georgia. The workshop will cover Legal Issues in WIA, Confidentiality, Communication Skills and Active Listening, and Handling Conflict in Organization. There also will be panels from exemplary one-stops from around the country. For more information call Project IDEAS at 770.423.6369, fax 770.423.6577 or visit their web site at www.careerdepot.org/ksuideas.htm

A series of Business Leadership Development Seminars is being offered by Floyd College Continuing Education department during May. The seminars feature prominent, successful local business people who will share the knowledge, experience and techniques that served them well as successful and acknowledged leaders in their field.

The four-part seminar is designed for administrators, supervisors, managers, and others who have been identified by the company / agency as future leaders. Being offered are:

May 4, Developing Your Own Management Style; Speaker - Cheryl Huffman, President, NW GA Credit Union.

May 11, Motivating and Rewarding Employees; Speaker - Dean Saville, Jr., President, Coosa Steel Corporation.

May 18, Creating and Maintaining a Productive Team; Speaker - Ronnie Wallace, President & CEO, First Floyd Bank.

May 25, Managing Priorities; Speaker - Larry Jacks, Executive Director, Coosa Medical Group.

The cost is $40 per person per seminar and includes the evening meal - or $30 per person if 4 or more people sign up from the same company. The seminars will be held from 4:00 - 7:30 pm at Heritage Hall, 415 East Third Avenue, Rome GA 30161. Call 706.295.6324 or e-mail rproffit@mail.fc.peachnet.edu. 

Labor Surplus Areas

Employers located in labor surplus areas, as classified by the U.S. Department of Labor, can be given preference in bidding on federal procurement contracts. The purpose of providing such preference is to help direct the government's procurement dollars into areas with the highest rates of unemployment for the two previous calendar years.

Three counties in Northwest Georgia, Fannin, Haralson, and Polk, are on the current list, through September 30, 2000.

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