Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

3/08/2016

Agenda Report# 93

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: GLWDA Strategic Programming Grant: “Operation: Workforce Transitioning Military Assistance

INITIATED BY: Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Department Job Training Division


Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept funds from the Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division (WFD), in the amount of $300,000, or otherwise awarded, for the expansion of career services and innovative workforce development programs for transitioning service members, veterans (recently transitioned), their spouses and children, with no local match requirement, and to amend the WIOA Department/Job Training Division Fund by the amount of the grant awarded.

Background: The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 is an Act of Congress signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014 replacing the outdated Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. With the transition to WIOA, the State of Georgia is well positioned to further expand the State’s innovative programmatic offering and workforce system capacity. Because the development of new programs can be difficult to accomplish when solely leveraging existing formula funding, WFD is making available Governor’s Reserve funds to allow for program development in strategic categories. “Operation: Workforce Transitioning Military Assistance” provides an opportunity for local areas to greatly expand their service to Dislocated Workers – transitioning service members, veterans (recently transitioned), their spouses and children, and civilians affected by the recently-announced military cuts. Awarded funding will be expended over a two year period.

Analysis: The funding from the grant will allow the WIOA Department / Job Training Division to focus on coordinating a collaborative effort aimed in minimizing the impacts of any potential scenario that could lead to a reduction of personnel at Fort Benning and simultaneously identify, develop, and provide the much needed human capital needed for local business and industry growth for the City of Columbus. The Department of the Army has announced that the Third Brigade (Fort Benning) will be reduced in size by 3,402 soldiers by the end of Fiscal Year 2018. This represents approximately 7.5 percent of the base’s total population and more than 22 percent of its full-time military personnel. The changes will also impact an as-yet unknown number of civilian employees in addition to the families of the soldiers.

Financial Considerations: The grant amount requested is $300,000, or otherwise awarded, for the WIOA Department Job Training Division as acting administrator. There is no financial obligation for the City.

Legal Considerations: A resolution from the City Council authorizing application for the grant, accept the award on behalf of the City and authorize the City Manager to execute contract(s)/documentation to implement the proposed programming.

Recommendation/Actions: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved, accept funds from the Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division (WFD), in the amount of $300,000, or otherwise awarded, for the expansion of career services and innovative workforce development programs for transitioning service members, veterans (recently transitioned), their spouses and children, with no local match requirement, and to amend the WIOA Department/Job Training Division Fund by the amount of the grant awarded.

A RESOLUTION
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, TO SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR, AND, IF APPROVED, ACCEPT A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $300,000, OR OTHERWISE AWARDED, FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKFORCE DIVISION AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE ANY CONTRACT(S)/DOCUMENTATION ON BEHALF OF THE CITY; AUTHORIZE CAPACITY BUILDING PURCHASES FOR EDUCATIONAL/INDUSTRIAL TRAINING; AND AUTHORIZE THE ADDITION OF ONE FULL TIME ON-SITE (FORT BENNING) PROGRAM COORDINATOR SHOULD THE APPLICATION RECEIVE APPROVAL, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT AND TO AMEND THE WIOA DEPARTMENT/JOB TRAINING DIVISION FUND (0220) BY THE APPLICABLE AMOUNT.

WHEREAS, the Georgia Local Workforce Development Area (GLWDA) Strategic Programming Grant: “Operation: Workforce Transitioning Military Assistance” is funded by the Governor’s Reserve funds from the US Department of Labor made available through the Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division (WFD) with the purpose of funding career services and innovative workforce development programs, capacity building, and wages and benefits for the addition of one full time on-site Program Coordinator for the coordination of services, and monitoring program activities / compliance between and among program partners for a two year period ending June 30, 2018; and,

WHEREAS, the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Department and Workforce Development Board (WDB) Chair requests permission to apply for the Georgia Department of Economic Development WFD – GLWDA Strategic Programming Grant: “Operation: Workforce Transitioning Military Assistance; and,

WHEREAS, the purpose of this funding is to serve one hundred twenty-five (125) transitioning service members, veterans (recently transitioned), their spouses and children, affected by the recently-announced military cuts; and,

WHEREAS, the WIOA Department and WDB are committed to coordinating a collaborative effort aimed in minimizing the impacts of any potential scenario that could lead to a reduction of personnel at Fort Benning and simultaneously identify, develop, and provide the much needed human capital needed for local business and industry growth for Workforce Development Area Fourteen at no cost to the Columbus Consolidated Government.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the WIOA Department and WDB Chair are hereby authorized to submit an application and if approved, accept a grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development WFD for $300,000.00, or otherwise awarded and authorize the City Manager to approve any Contract(s)/Documentation on behalf of the City; authorize Capacity Building purchases for educational/industrial training; and authorize the addition of one full time on-site (Fort Benning) Program Coordinator should the application receive approval, with no local match requirement and to amend the WIOA Department/Job Training Division fund (0220) by the amount of the grant awarded.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor