Regional workforce development office may move to Coweta

by W. Winston Skinner

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Lanier Boatwright, left, executive director of Three Rivers Development Center, talks with members of the Three Rivers Council in Turin. Nancy Jones, center, is from Meriwether County, and Ed Bledsoe of Moreland is one of Coweta’s representatives on the board. 


The regional workforce development office may be moving from Griffin to Newnan.

Lanier Boatright, director of Three Rivers Regional Commission, said the current workforce development office in Griffin must be vacated when its lease ends. He said a group from the regional commission will visit Newnan in a couple of weeks to look for space for the program.

They are looking for “something that will meet our needs and is not too expensive,” Boatright said.

The workforce development program may be about to change in some ways. “New legislation in the Senate which is addressing issues of the workforce program was approved” on Wednesday, Boatright said. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia was a sponsor of the legislation, which now goes to the House for consideration.

“We’ll have a new name of the program if it passes the House,” Boatright said. He said the bill would streamline some facets of the program.

Boatright also said a proposed amendment that would have allowed a governor to change the state’s workforce development board annually was not part of the Senate bill.

The Three Rivers Regional Council held their regular meeting Thursday at the Walter B. Hill Community Center in Turin. The meeting was largely routine. Among the topics discussed were:

• the commission’s budget. The council approved a revised Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $12,036,879 and a budget of $14,215,190 for FY 2015.

The council approved a contract with Trac Source Management to calibrate spending on certain programs.

• the regional plan. The council passed a resolution for formally adopt the plan.

• transportation contract. The council approved renewals of transportation program contract with eight local governments, including Coweta County. The council authorized Hays Arnold, the chairman, to sign the contracts.

• the area aging program. When Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Development Center and McIntosh Trail RDC were merged to create Three Rivers, the aging program continued to use the name Southern Crescent.

Boatright recommended the name for the aging program be changed to Three Rivers, because of confusion among agencies and clients. “It’s become confusing to have Three Rivers and Southern Crescent,” he said. “It’s gotten quite confusing.”

The change will take effect July 1.

The council’s next meeting – also to be held in Turin – will be Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.



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