Georgia Earns Top Spot for Regional Workforce Development

Georgia has earned the top ranking for workforce development in the South Atlantic Region, according to Site Selection Magazine’s 2020 Workforce Development Rankings.   Site Selection is an internationally circulated business publication that focuses on economic development and corporate real estate. The publication also ranked Georgia the number one state for business for a record-breaking seventh consecutive year in 2019.

“Working hand in hand, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, and our leading workforce development program, Georgia Quick Start, have produced a top-notch workforce that companies can count on to get the job done. Looking ahead, we are committed to working with our partners throughout state government and in local communities to ensure that more businesses call Georgia home and continue to create opportunities for families throughout our state,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. In the announcement, Site Selection pointed to ranking factors “relative to other states in the same region based on five national and objective measures” such as depth of the labor pool, availability of certified applicants for job openings, and legislatures that are committed to funding workforce programs.

“Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking, because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Georgia’s seventh consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”

Georgia has long received recognition from leading companies and site consultants for its attractive business climate. The state’s workforce training program, Georgia Quick Start, is the best program in the United States, and the state’s pro-business policies make Georgia a competitive option for companies looking to locate or expand. In fiscal year 2019 alone, the Georgia Department of Economic Development supported the creation of nearly 29,000 new jobs through the location of 332 projects, 74 percent of which were located outside of metro Atlanta. “Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking, because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Georgia’s seventh consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”

(Source: Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp and Site Selection Magazine)

Here’s to a Well-deserved and Happy Retirement!

Please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to all of Team Georgia’s October 2019, November 2019 and December 2019 Retirees! You will always be remembered for your accomplishments. Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to the State of Georgia, and we wish you all the best for a happy retirement!

Georgia DHS recognized for state-of-the-art applicant tracking system

In a culture of innovation and emerging technologies, state government is constantly pushing forward to implement new tools and develop streamlined processes for improved user experiences. The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of many remarkable examples of how Georgia’s state entities are enforcing these efforts and achieving the goals.

DHS was recently recognized by the premier professional community in human resources for the successful implementation of an innovative applicant tracking system, which streamlines hiring and other personnel actions for Georgia’s largest state agency. The DHS system, called HR PASS (Human Resources Personnel Actions Self-Service) is a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and SHRM-Atlanta HR Excellence Awards.

“As Georgia’s largest state agency, with more than 9000 staff statewide, we needed a technological solution that would create efficiencies in acquiring and managing a skilled workforce, but also made sense from a business continuity standpoint,” said DHS Commissioner Robyn Crittenden. “HR PASS is the result of hard work combined with ingenuity. With this system we can effectively, and quickly on-board essential personnel needed to help strengthen Georgians in their time of need. “

In November of 2018, NEOGOV Inc. DHS received the “Best Managed Insight and Onboard Implementation” award for HR PASS.

The implementation of this tool provided a major lift for DHS by reducing the use of paper forms and decreasing the time to recruit qualified staff.

Since being phased across all of the agency’s divisions in spring and summer 2018, DHS has seen an increase in transparency in personnel actions and streamlines human resource processes.