Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
June 2013
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SAWDC Quarterly
Council Meeting
June 5, 2013
9:00 a.m to Noon
To register, click here.

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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions will hold its Third Annual Meeting on June 11-13, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. This year's theme,
Partnering for Prosperous Communities, will highlight NFWS-supported, business-led workforce collaboratives and industry partnerships that are creating career opportunities for more than 18,000 low-income individuals in 30 communities across the country, as well as helping employers close the nation's skills gap.
To learn more, click here.
Region 9
Grant Applications
FY2013 Round 3 and
FY2014 Round I Deadlines
June 5, 2013
Presentation to the Full Council at the SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
July 5, 2013
Applications Due To SAWDC
2 Originals 
1 Electronic Copy sent to
July 19, 2013
Grants Review Committee
10:00 a.m.
August 7, 2013
Applications Due To
Click here for
application forms.
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
Sperion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
ST Aerospace Mobile Hosts 
 Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council Meeting
St Aerospace  

Hosted by council member, ST Aerospace Mobile, SAWDC held its second quarterly meeting of the Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council on May 23, 2013.   To read more, click here.  


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Thank You Leadership Mobile!
  leadership mobile  

A program of Mobile United, Leadership Mobile's mission is to seek, train and empower leaders who are committed to supporting and leading community growth and progress through networking and collaborative problem solving. The eight-month program is a balanced mix of seminars, retreats and group project work.


This year, the workforce development team of the Class of 2013, has selected a project in direct support of the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity.  The project will result in an Educator Workshop, which will better prepare teachers and counselors throughout the SAWDC 8-county region to encourage student engagement at the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity (WoO), equip teachers and counselors with resources to utilize in the classroom prior to and after WoO to enhance the experience of the event, and emphasize soft skills training in the classroom.  


A big thank you to the following members of the Leadership Mobile team for your commitment to our future workforce!


Raymond BellBell Law Firm

Frank Cassady, Mobile County Sheriff's Department

R.J. Gonzales, Southern Earth Sciences

Johnathan Green, Hargrove Engineers and Constructors

Kate Luce, Mississippi Export Railroad

Leland Moore - S&S Sprinkler

Joel Tate - Mobile County Health Department

Beth Thomas - Alabama Power Company 


To read more about Mobile United and Leadership Mobile, click here. 

Get Involved!

Sept. 25th & 26th  

Mobile Civic Center


For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Please note the June 7th deadline!


Thank You 2013 Sponsors!


Diamond - $15,000

Alabama Power

Georgia Pacific


Platinum - $10,000



Gold - $5,000

Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute

Bishop State Community College

Faulkner State Community College

Horizon Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls

Mobile County Public School System

Performance Contractors

Senator Vivian Figures

Virginia College


Silver - $1,000 to $2,000

Outokumpu Stainless, LLC

Associated General Contractors

Alabama Southern Community College

Alabama Technology Network


Mobile Airport Authority

PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

Remington College

Senator Marc Keahey


Bronze  - $500

Brasfield & Gorrie

Thompson Engineering 

For more information on the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity or to volunteer, please contact: 

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