Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
Baldwin-Choctaw-Clarke-Conecuh-Escambia-Mobile- Monroe-Washington
April 2014
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SAWDC would like to take this opportunity to thank Kelvin Hill and Georgia Pacific for their unwavering support and commitment to SAWDC and our future workforce!
Kelvin Hill presents SAWDC with a $25,000 contribution
Joint Quarterly Council & Membership Meeting
April 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served.

Regions Bank
RSA Tower - 29th Floor
11 N. Water Street
Mobile, Alabama
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Bridget Wilson


Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Past Chairman
Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Akers
Mobile Area
Education Foundation
Owen Bailey
USA Children & Women's
Ketrenia Crenshaw
Boise Paper
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates

John Johnson
Coastal Gateway
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director


On May 1st, SAWDC will celebrate its three year anniversary with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), an unprecedented initiative of national and local funders whose goal is the career advancement of low-wage workers using a model of substantial employer engagement to increase the potential for successful outcomes.  NFWS provided SAWDC with a clear framework for the establishment of high quality industry partnerships - also known as "clusters."  Today, SAWDC supports and sustains four clusters - aviation, healthcare, maritime, and industrial construction/manufacturing - brokering services that address the needs of employers and lower-skilled adults.  Since joining the NFWS, SAWDC has served over 750 jobseekers, enrolled 507 into training, and successfully managed 491 into targeted industry jobs. In addition, SAWDC has served 145 incumbent workers - all of whom successfully completed advanced on-the-job training and subsequently received wage increases.
None of this work would have been possible without the tremendous partnership with key employers and employer associations, partners in the workforce delivery system, and investors:
Alabama Power
Austal USA
Infirmary Health System
Jackson Healthcare Facility
ST Aerospace Mobile
Thomasville Rehabilitation Center
Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home
Central Gulf Industrial Alliance
Bay Area Healthcare Coalition
Alabama Aviation Center (Enterprise State)
Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)
Alabama Technology Network
Alabama Aviation Center (Enterprise State)
Alabama Career Center - Mobile and Jackson
Bishop State Community College
Community Foundation of South Alabama
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Mobile County
City of Mobile
City of Bayou La Batre
Town of Mount Vernon

The newly formed Rural Healthcare Cluster, made up of employers in Washington, Clarke, and Choctaw counties, kicked off the Rural Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, which was established to make training accessible to hard-to-reach populations, on March 6th. SAWDC provided project coordination services and, in partnership with the Alabama Career Center - Jackson, provided all pre-screening services for twenty-eight candidates for the employer-driven program. SAWDC additionally coordinated interviews of these candidates with the three employers committed to hiring upon successful completion.  Employers selected fifteen candidates for the eight week training program, which is being held on-site at the Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home in Chatom, Alabama.  It is expected that twelve of the fifteen candidates will successfully complete the program and earn their certification.    



South Alabama Regional Planning Commission's 
16th Annual Business Expo & Jobs Fair
Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall
Thursday, May 1, 2014 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

To reserve a booth or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Terri Pringle
Sr. Marketing Account Executive
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission
110 Beauregard Street
Mobile, AL 3660
C: 251.591.6506
P: 251.706.4614
coastal gateway


Alabama Power Company and the team of PowerSouth Energy, Southern Pine, and Clarke-Washington EMC have provided grants to Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance (CGEDA) to create a new website. CGEDA is contracting with Red Sage Communications, which specializes in economic development websites, to complete its first professionally developed website. 
CGEDA Executive Director John Johnson reported, "We are grateful to these partners for supporting this new website. Research indicates that over 90 percent of industrial prospects screen and eliminate/select communities electronically before ever contacting economic developers, mayors, or county commissioners. With this new website, we will be able to more effectively compete in the initial stages." 
The new website will be modeled on the content of the North Alabama Industrial Development Association website, NAIDA has represented 13 counties across north Alabama for decades and is the agency most similar to CGEDA in Alabama. 
Selected data on sites and buildings in the Coastal Gateway region are included on the website and are co-located on statewide sites including the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. In addition, the new website will also include a featured properties section to allow additional photos and data pages on these properties. Coastal Gateway is developing three additional Advantage Sites across the region in 2014, sites that are certified as "shovel-ready" to industrial prospects. 
The new website will also include a section on workforce skills and the training programs in K-12 schools and community colleges in the region. This section is being developed in concert with SAWDC and will emphasize the strong partnership between SAWDC and Coastal Gateway. The new website is projected to be completed in four months. 
SAWDC's Vision is to develop a comprehensive, integrated workforce development system which creates a skilled, diverse, motivated, adaptable workforce that better meets the needs of employers and leads to a better quality of life for our citizens.
SAWDC's Mission is to develop strategic partnerships which attract, educate and train students and workers to better meet employer needs and foster economic growth in a global marketplace.
For more information on how you can become involved with the efforts of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council and Region 9, please call 251-445-2090.