Georgia Department Of Labor To Hold Paychecks For Patriots Career Expos

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Paychecks for Patriots career expos will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, across the state to help current service members and veterans connect with employers looking for the skills and expertise gained while serving in the U.S. military.

The GDOL has brought together a team that will help to support State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s initiative to address employment needs and challenges facing as many as 80,000 veterans who are expected to return home to Georgia over the next four years.


The department is teaming up with the Tennessee Department of Labor, the Georgia National Guard, the Technology Association of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and corporate host Dollar General to sponsor the expos.

"We, at the Georgia Department of Labor, understand the sacrifices these service men and women have made to keep us safe, and can think of no better way to thank them for their service than by helping them find their place in the workforce when they return home," said Commissioner Butler. "We owe it to them to do everything we can to assist them. We’re committed to giving them the highest level of dedication."

Dollar General is the lead corporate sponsor for Paychecks for Patriots in both Georgia and Tennessee. The company is working to bring national corporations to the expos to help make the connection with veterans.  Local businesses are also being recruited to participate by GDOL staff.

"We’re thrilled that Paychecks for Patriots is now launching in Georgia as Dollar General and its partner employers value the skills, knowledge and attributes acquired through military service," said Bob Ravener, executive vice president and chief people officer for Dollar General. "We’re proud to play an integral role in this public-private partnership."

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is helping recruit technology companies across the state to expand the number of participating employers the service members and veterans can connect with.

"TAG is working diligently to help technology companies locate and connect the best and brightest candidates in the field. At a time when soldiers are looking for their next destination, we want to make sure they know all that Georgia has to offer in the way of opportunities and success,” said Tino Mantella, TAG president.

The GDOL and the Georgia National Guard will be hosting a special kick-off celebration at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Clay National Guard Center, 1000 Halsey Ave., Building 447, in Marietta.

The Paychecks for Patriots expos will be held in Augusta, Metro Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, and Warner Robins at the following locations:

Atlanta Metro
Chattahoochee Technical College Acworth Campus
5198 Ross Road Acworth, GA 30102
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Augusta
Fort Gordon US Army Reserve
15th Street and Lane Avenue
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
9 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

Columbus
Columbus State University Cunningham Conference Center
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Warner Robins
Central Georgia Tech
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Savannah
Savannah Tech
5717 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Opening Cerebration Scheduled For New Chattanooga Farm Credit Office

Farm Credit Mid-America, a financial services cooperative that has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for nearly a century has constructed a new and expanded Chattanooga office . The Chattanooga office serves Hamilton, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties. The new office offers over 5,000 square feet of space, ... (click for more)

Waterhouse Public Relations Expands Brand Development And Media Team

Waterhouse Public Relations has expanded its team with the addition of Sheri Young as vice president of Brand Strategy and Callie Smith as Media Services coordinator. As vice president of Brand Strategy, Young will drive the development of business and consumer brand campaigns, capitalizing on her 20+ years of working with national and global brands out of Nashville and Atlanta ... (click for more)

City Receives $400,000 Federal Grant To Study Passenger Train Service

The United States Department of Transportation has announced Chattanooga has received a $400,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a passenger rail system in Chattanooga. There were 72 awards announced in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Out of numerous grant applications across Tennessee, ... (click for more)

Former Assistant Police Chief Eidson Not Charged In Shooting Of Stepson On Englewood Avenue

Former Chattanooga Police Department Assistant Chief Kirk Eidson was not charged in the shooting of stepson Robert Ingle, 18, on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. However, Ingle was charged with domestic assault and vandalism. In the incident shortly after 9 a.m. at 1049 Englewood Ave., Mr. Eidson said Ingle came to the house asking him to take him to their other house ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)