September 25, 2021

New regional workforce board appointed

Workforce board(Franklin/Times~Journal) — The Three Rivers Workforce Development Board (TRWDB) seated 19 new board members during its normal business meeting on April 28, 2016.

 The TRWDB is the oversight board for a job training program designed to serve citizens in Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson counties.

The TRWDB creates training programs that meet the needs of local businesses, and increases the pool of skilled workers to attract new industry to the area. The TRWDB Chairperson is Ms. Kathy Knowles, Executive Director of the Heard County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chief Local Elected Official, representing the City of Jackson, is Mayor Kay Pippin.

The TRWDB board has 10 business sector board members, and they are Sallie Barker, James Brown, Todd Browning, Greg Burns, Brandon Eley, Kevin Hilton, Missy Kendrick, Kathy Knowles, Keven Sasser, and Josh Smith.

 The TRWDB board includes two organized labor and community organization representatives, and they are Mitch Byrd, Greg Webster, Regina Abbott, and Keisha Ray.

There is one higher education representative, Steve Hendrix who represents Southern Crescent Technical College, and one representative, Karen Kirchler who represents West Georgia Technical College, for the adult education sector.

Lastly, the TRWDB board has three government and economic development representatives, and they are Gail Long, representing the Georgia Department of Labor, Deborah Carson, representing the Georgia Department of Vocational and Rehabilitation, and one representative from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The TRWDB’s annual training budget is approximately $4.5 million, and the program is administered by the Three Rivers Regional Commission.

Citizens who would like to check their eligibility for the TRWDB’s workforce training services can go to the Georgia Department of Labor’s area offices located in Carrollton, Griffin, LaGrange, and Newnan, or visit the Three Rivers Regional Commission’s Workforce page located at

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