Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
June 2014
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Quarterly Council




June 11, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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Region 9
Community College
FY2014 Round III and FY2015 Round I
Grant Application Deadlines

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Judy Graham 
Workforce Development Liaison for
Regions 3, 6, 9, & 10

New tax credit expected to increase funding for state's career technical dual enrollment program
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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

Loka Mistretta
Cintas Corporation
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director

SAWDC Receives National Exemplary Performance Award
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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (National Fund), a national partnership of communities, employers, workers, and philanthropy, has named Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council a recipient of its 2014 Chairman's Award for Exemplary Collaborative.

Fred Dedrick, Executive Director of the National Fund, said of this recognition, " SAWDC is highly deserving of this award.  As a high-performing collaborative partner, SAWDC has established a proven track record of strong employer leadership in developing demand-driven training and credentialing programs that align closely with the regional economic development priorities.  It is not surprising that their efforts are gaining statewide and national recognition."

Click here to read more from Kelli Dugan.

Southwest Alabama Region 9 receives the Manufacturing Communities' designation

On May 28, 2014, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced Southwest Alabama, including the eight counties that make up Region 9, as one of 12 communities in the nation that will be designated Manufacturing Communities as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.  
The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports.


To read the full press release, click here.


To read the summary, click here

September 24th & 25th  
Mobile Civic Center


We would like to extend our gratitude to the 2014 Sponsors.  Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the region's future workforce. 

Alabama Power
Georgia Pacific

Performance Contractors

Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute
Austal USA
Baldwin County Public Schools
BBVA Compass
Bishop State Community College
Faulkner State Community College
Horizon Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls
Mobile County Public School System
Senator Vivian Figures
Virginia College

Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium
Senator Trip Pittman
ST Aerospace Mobile
Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.
Alabama Southern Community College
Alabama Technology Network
Boise Paper
Brasfield & Gorrie
Enterprise Community College
G.A. West
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System
Mobile Airport Authority
Mobile Gas
Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Thompson Engineering
UTC Aerospace System

Associated General Contractors
Central Gulf Industrial Alliance
Remington College  
To become a sponsor, click here.
To get involved, contact: 


Bridget Wilson





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.