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Region 9
Grant Applications
FY2013 Round 3 and
FY2014 Round I Deadlines
July 5, 2013
Applications Due To SAWDC
2 Originals 
1 Electronic Copy sent to
By Close of Business
July 19, 2013
Grants Review Committee
10:00 a.m.
August 7, 2013
Applications Due To
Click here for
application forms.

Sept. 25th & 26th  

Mobile Civic Center



Thank You 
2013 Sponsors!


Diamond - $15,000

Alabama Power

Georgia Pacific


Platinum - $10,000



Gold - $5,000

Alabama Construction

Recruitment Institute

Austal USA

Bishop State

Enterprise State 

Faulkner State 

Horizon Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls

Mobile County

Public School System

Performance Contractors

Senator Vivian Figures

Virginia College


Silver - $1,000 to $2,000

Gulf States Shipbuilders


Outokumpu Stainless, LLC

ST Aerospace Mobile

Associated General Contractor

Alabama Southern 

Alabama Technology Network


G.A. West

Mobile Airport Authority

Mobile Gas


PowerSouth Energy

Remington College

Senator Marc Keahey


Bronze  - $500

Brasfield & Gorrie

Central Gulf Industrial Alliance

Thompson Engineering 

For more information
or to volunteer, 
please contact: 

Bridget M. Wilson
Director, Workforce Development
Mobile Area 
Chamber of Commerce 
PO Box 2187
Mobile, AL 36652-2187

Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Jim Searcy 
Coastal Gateway
David Scheid
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Johnstone, Adams, Bailey,
Gordon & Harris, LLC
Past Chairman
Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Akers,
Mobile Area
Education Foundation
Owen Bailey
USA Children & Women's
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic
Development Alliance
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director

Thank you, Dr. Tim Alford, for your Contribution to the State of Alabama and Workforce Development!
Click here for ADECA press release.

MONTGOMERY- Dr. Tim Alford, the retiring chairman of the Alabama State Workforce Investment Board, received a special recognition from Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs at the board's meeting Tuesday in Montgomery.


ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. presented Alford with a certificate of appreciation from Bentley for his years of service to the state. He was appointed to the board by former Gov. Don Siegelman in 1999 and served through three administrations. Gov. Bob Riley appointed Alford as director of the Alabama Office of Workforce Development from 2003 to 2007.


Alford also is retiring from his current position as executive director of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, a group educating young people, parents, teachers and others about job opportunities in the construction industry.


A native of Samson, Alford served as mayor of Enterprise from 2000 until his appointment by Riley in late 2003. He was the founding executive director of the Enterprise Economic Development Corp., a public-private partnership that leads economic development efforts in Coffee, Dale and Geneva counties.


UTC Aerospace Systems Hosts 
 SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
On June 5th, with over seventy in attendance, UTC Aerospace Systems hosted SAWDC's June Quarterly Council meeting.  Plant Manager, Darrell Wilson, and Operations Manager, Ken Berga, kicked off the meeting with an overview of UTC Aerospace Systems.  Region 9 Community Colleges and ATN followed UTC with formal presentations to the Council for FY2014 requests for funding.  The Council meeting was immediately followed by a tour of UTC Aerospace Systems.  
A big thanks to UTC Aerospace Systems and their entire team for all the hard work in coordinating and hosting this event!  
quarterly June Quarterly  
nfws logo
SAWDC formally received the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Partners Council Award for Exemplary Industry Partnership at the the NFWS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on June 12, 2013. Chairman Sam Covert, Alabama Power Company, and the SAWDC team attended the event. To read more about the award, click here.
nfws annual meeting collage
SAWDC Coordinates the 
CGIA Welding Training Program


The Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), an employer-driven business alliance that provides a forum for users of craft labor, represents SAWDC's industrial construction and manufacturing cluster.  In partnership with CGIA, Bishop State Community College, the Alabama Career Center - Mobile, the City of Mount Vernon, and AIDT, SAWDC is coordinating the CGIA Welding Training Program as part of its work related to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions(NFWS). NFWS is dedicated to investing in industry partnerships that effectively assist low-income individuals to obtain employment and advance in careers paying family-sustaining wages and benefits, while at the same time ensuring that employers have the high-quality human resources that will enable them to succeed in this dynamic and competitive economy.


The goal of the CGIA Welding Training Program is to develop and implement a systematic and comprehensive program to recruit, train, and manage new entry level craft professionals for employment by the industrial construction and manufacturing employers of CGIA. This program will feature two six-month training sessions (one day session and one night session), which will be held in Mount Vernon, Alabama and commence in July 2013. 

  • Each session will have eleven participants for a total of twenty-two participants.
  • Military veterans, dislocated workers, and residents of Mount Vernon, Alabama will be given selection priority.
  • Training will adhere to the NCCER (formerly known as National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum.
For more information, contact:

Darwin Bolden
Project Coordinator
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.