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Workforce Development Announces Realignment of Local Workforce Investment Areas

ATLANTA – April 23, 2014– Workforce Development today announced the transition of three Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA) to better align service delivery with labor markets and ensure service accessibility for participants. 

“This decision will help ensure that our citizens are provided with the opportunity to receive employment services within their local area,” said Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames. “This realignment will facilitate our efforts to connect Georgians with meaningful and rewarding careers.” 

Effective July 1, 2014, Screven County will formally align with LWIA 20, or Coastal Workforce Services, which is a division of the City of Savannah. This transition will align Screven County with the rest of the Coastal Regional Commission and their current economic development region. 


Also effective on July 1, 2014, Jenkins County will become part of LWIA 12, administered by Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission. This transition will increase participant’s access to WIA One Stops and will strengthen employment and training relationships among local businesses. 

LWIA 13, East Central Georgia, under fiscal agent Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, will continue to provide quality workforce services to Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Lincoln, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes counties. 

For more information, please reference the attached map and use it to update your partners and staff.