Employment Guide - City of Macon by zhouwenjuan


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                “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth”.
                                            ~Diogenes Laertius

                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements ……………………………………………………………...

Introductions ……………………………………………………………………..

Middle Georgia Counties……………………………………………………...

Georgia Department of Labor One Stop Career Center………………...

Changing to a New Job or Career …………………………………………..

Tips on how to get the Job …………………………………………………..

Job Fair Tips …………………………………………………………………...

Career Education and Training Services:

Macon-Bibb Office of Workforce Development Services …………………

Middle Georgia Consortium Workforce Services …………………………

Employer Services……………………………………………………………..

Macon and Warner Robins Georgia Top Ten Employers ………………

Fastest Growing Occupations Long-Term Occupational Projections………..

Industry Sectors and Labor Market Information……………………………….

List of Employment Agency Telephone Numbers ……………………………

Doing Business with the State of Georgia ……………………………………

United Way of Central Georgia………………………………………………

Community Resource Guides ……………………………………………….

 Small Business and Entrepreneurialism……………………………. ….
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                           A special thank you to . . .

                 The individuals who collaborated on this project:

Dr. Kathy Thompson – Executive Director - Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce

   Mr. Bob Thompson – Manager - Georgia Department of Labor-Macon Career

         Mr. Don McRae - Executive Director – Middle Georgia Consortium

   Mr. Robie Coffin – Business Service Specialist - Middle Georgia Consortium

 Ms. Tammie Collins - EVP Community Impact - United Way the Central Georgia

Ms. Sharon Cloud – Special Projects Coordinator, Adult Education Program -
Central Georgia Technical College
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                Explore Career Opportunities

                                            Middle Georgia Counties

Eatonton, Georgia
Putnam County

Putnam County was created on December 10, 1807 and is Putnam County is south of I-20 west of Lake
Oconee. The name of the county derived from Israel Putnam, hero of the battle of Breed's (Bunker) Hill.
Putnam County was first inhabited some 5,000 years ago by Archaic Indians. Later, a distinct culture of
Woodland Indians inhabited the same site and built an effigy mound in the shape of an eagle. This mound was
known as Rock Eagle.

Putnam County was the state capitol of Georgia until 1868 when the capitol was ordered to move to Atlanta,
Forsyth, Georgia
Monroe County

                             Forsyth was incorporated and listed as the county seat of Monroe County, on
December 10, 1823. Forsyth was named in honor of John Forsyth, who, as minister to Spain, negotiated the
purchase of Florida in 1819.

Monroe County is surrounded by Bibb, Jones, Jasper, Butts, Lamar, Upson and Crawford Counties and
includes the cities of Bolingbroke, Culloden, Forsyth, Juliette and Smarr.

One of the main attractions to the city is the Forsyth Commercial Historic District. This historical area includes
the Courthouse Square and surrounding blocks of structures from the mid-to-late 1800s. Many of the
structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is also the site of the annual Forsythia
Festival in the spring.
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Fort Valley, Georgia
Peach County
Founded in 1924, Peach County was the last county formed in Georgia and is home to Fort Valley State College and the
Blue Bird Corporation. The Blue Bird Corporation is the world’s largest producer of school buses and the luxury
Wanderlodge R.V.

The national headquarters of the American Camellia Society is located in Peach County with acres of camellias and a
museum with over 300 porcelain birds at Masse Lane.

In the early 1900s, Peach County was the peach capital of the world and today it is ranked #7 of all the counties in the
nation for the production of peaches and #5 for the production of pecans. Located just off I-75, Peach County is a regular
stop for tourists for peaches and pecans.

Gordon, Georgia
Wilkinson County

Wilkinson County, established in 1803, was the 29th county formed in Georgia. It covers 452 square miles and
is located in the heart of Central Georgia along U. S. Highway 441.
Wilkinson County has substantial kaolin deposits which are important to the county’s economy. .

The county is bisected by U. S. Highway 441. Its proximity to Interstate 16 provides quick access to Macon and
the Georgia coast.
Wilkinson County shares the Beaver Dam with Laurens County, to the southeast. This was once a Wildlife
Management Area owned and operated by DNR, but now is privately owned. The Oconee River forms the
county's eastern border.

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Gray, Georgia
Jones County

Jones County was incorporated August 23, 1911. The county was named for U.S. Representative James
Jones. In 1822, part of Jones County was used to help create Bibb and is only minutes from Macon and
Milledgeville. I-16 and I-75 are within easy access as well as major highways such as US 129, GA 11, GA 18,
GA 22, GA 44, and GA 49 run through the county. Gray is the county seat and is conveniently in the center of
the county with many of the major highways leading into the city.

The Piedmont Wildlife Refuge, Jarrell Plantation, Old Clinton, is a few of tourist attractions for this
county. Annual activities include Old Clinton War Days, held the first weekend in May, and the Day Lilly
festival, held the first weekend in June. Many other activities are held throughout the year.

Hawkinsville, Georgia
Pulaski County

Hawkinsville, the county seat of Pulaski County, was incorporated December 2, 1830. The city, nicknamed
"City of Thirteen Highways", is named after Colonel Benjamin Hawkins, a soldier in the Revolutionary War and
U.S. Senator from North Carolina.
Conveniently located on the Ocmulgee River, Hawkinsville became an important center for transporting
freight. Today, the city is the terminal county seat of highways leading in from several adjoining capitals--
Perry, Cochran, Eastman, Abbeville, Vienna, Cordele and Oglethorpe.

Hawkinsville is home to one of the largest harness racing training facilities in the country. The town has had a
long history of horse racing, and celebrates the Hawkinsville Harness Horse Festival every spring.
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Jeffersonville, Georgia
Twiggs County

Arthur Fort of Wilkinson County proposed a bill in the Georgia Legislature on November 14, 1809 to create
Twiggs County. The new county would be separated from Wilkinson County at that time and named to honor
Maj. General John Twiggs, a celebrated American Revolutionary soldier from Georgia. The bill passed and
became law on December 14, 1809.

Twiggs County has a major interstate running through the heart of the county which is I-16. I-16 gives us easy
access to both Savannah and Macon. We now have two industrial parks, one of 150 acres and the other 500
acres, at the intersection of I-16 and Hwy 96.


Macon, Georgia
Bibb County

Macon is a unique city where culture, commerce and community flourish. Situated on the Fall Line where the
Piedmont plateau meets the flat Coastal Plains, the area has been, since before written history, an ideal
location for communities to thrive.

Strategically located in the heart of Georgia at the intersections of I-75, I-475 and I-16, Macon has much to offer
new or relocating businesses. Macon is located just 75 minutes south of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport and 2 1/2 hours from the Ports of Savannah.

In 1822 Bibb County was created by the Georgia legislature. The following year, across the Ocmulgee from
Fort Hawkins, Macon was formed, named in honor of Nathaniel Macon, an anti-Federalist North Carolinian
served as Speaker of the House, president pro-tem of the Senate and made unsuccessful attempt at the vice-
presidency in 1824. He was a powerful friend of Thomas Jefferson who has been relegated to footnote role in
American history, beloved by Georgians for his strong states rights views. The basic design of the city is
generally credited to James Webb.

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Milledgeville, Georgia
Baldwin County

Milledgeville is Georgia's Antebellum Capital, serving as the Antebellum Capital from 1803 to 1868. Carefully
planned from its inception, the city was envisioned as an appealing combination of broad streets running
parallel with the four points of a compass and public squares of twenty acres each.

The Act of 1803 outlined a new lands system and created Baldwin, Wilkinson and Wayne counties. It also
provided for the location and survey of a town which was to be called Milledgeville, named in honour of
Georgia's then Governor, John Milledgeville (1802 - 1806). The Georgia legislature declared Milledgeville as
the seat of government in December of 1804.


Roberta Georgia
Crawford County

Crawford County was created from Houston County in 1822. It was named for United States Secretary of War
and Treasury William Harris Crawford. Before 1822, the area was inhabited by the Muskogee people, called
Creeks by the Europeans.

The county seat, Knoxville, received a charter in 1825, but it is no longer a functioning municipality. It was one
of 187 inactive municipalities to lose their charters in 1995 as a result of a 1993 Act of the General Assembly.

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   Warner Robins, Perry and Center
   Houston County

   Nicknamed the international City, Warner Robins is geographically located in the heart of Georgia and is easily
   accessible from virtually any direction.
   Houston County covers approximately 400 square miles and contains 3 incorporated cities; Centerville, Perry,
   Warner Robins. Houston County is part of the Macon-Warner Robins Metropolitan Statistical Area and enjoys
   close proximity to interstates, highways, airports and some rail access. The county has direct access to
   Interstate 75 with Interstate 16 located less than 20 miles to the east. In addition, 10 US and State highways
   pass through the county. Houston County also has access to air transportation via 3 airports. The county is
   home to its own general aviation airport, the Perry-Houston County Airport, which has a 5,002’ runway.
   History: In 1941, the United States Air Force established a military depot in the small community originally
   known as Wellston, Georgia. The depot grew into Robins Air Force Base, built in 1941, it covers 6,400 acres
   and is Georgia's largest single employer, providing an important economic boost to central Georgia. In 1943,
   the community of Wellston was renamed Warner Robins. Both the Air Force Base and the City are named after
   Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins
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                      Georgia Department of Labor One-Stop Centers
Although no two one-stop systems or centers are exactly alike, the following services are typical workforce
services available at a one-stop workforce center, and/or provided in some combination by a GDOL career
center, Rehabilitation Services or other local workforce system partner at a nearby location.

Education and Training Services
Information and guidance about career options, occupational classroom training, financial aid resources, and
other training services that might be available in the area such as on-the-job training or customized training,
access to the Workforce Investment Act Individual Training Account Eligible Provider/Program List system
(training programs eligible for WIA Individual Training Account funding) and Georgia Career Information System

Support Services
Potential eligibility through the Workforce Investment Act for transportation, childcare, tools, uniforms and other
needs while in training or when starting work.

Personal Employment Assistance
Individual career exploration, assessment and counseling, and job search assistance from highly trained

Local and National Job Listings
The world’s largest job listing network and on-line, job referral request system.

Resources Areas
Access to PCs, laser printers, the latest word-processing and résumé writing software, Internet, e-mail,
telephone, fax, job search skills workshops, books, videos, and more.

Job Search and Financial Management Workshops
Workshops about writing résumés and cover letters, turning a job interview into a job offer, negotiating a higher
salary, and tips on stretching income while searching for a job.

Self-Help Library
Books, videos, software and a variety of career exploration tools available to assist in preparing for a career.

Labor Market Information
Employment trends, area profiles, market projections, job outlook, and wage information.

Assistive Technology (AT)
The latest state-of-the-art equipment for customers with visual and/or hearing impairments.

Veterans Services
Specialized veteran staff to provide employment assistance to all military veterans

Federal Bonding Program
Assistance program for individuals who are unable to obtain commercial bonding required by employers.
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Seasonal Farm Worker Services
Information on and referral to agricultural jobs in certain areas of the state.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Information about weekly monetary assistance using a PC based self-entry system.

Special Population Services
Services tailored to the needs of the older worker, youth, TANF customers, persons with disabilities.

Everyone in the community is eligible for One-Stop Career Center services. This includes the employed,
underemployed and unemployed, businesses, veterans, students, and people with disabilities, food stamp
recipients, farm and migrant workers.

For the worker or job seeker, there are three levels of services available through the Career Centers, and
customers can move from one level to the next, or receive services from more than one level, depending on
their needs. The first level of services is called core services.
Core Services
Most core services are self-help services; these services may also be provided by a Career Center staff
member through the One-Stop. Core services provide tools to assist the job seeker conduct an effective job
search which may include work shops conducted by Career Center staff.
Eligibility Determination
Career Training Information
Job Search/Placement (Career Counseling)
Labor Market Information
The second level of service is intensive services.
Intensive Services

Intensive services are provided through direct interaction with WIA staff. Intensive services provide more in-
depth job search and career management assistance to eligible adults and dislocated workers.

Comprehensive & Specialized Assessment
Diagnostic Testing
Employment Barrier Evaluation
Individual Employment Planning & Counseling
Career Planning
Case Management
Pre-vocational services
Out-of-area Job Search
Resume assistance
Partner referrals to include Educational Remediation referrals
Job development
Work Experience
The third level of services is training services.
Training Services
Training services are provided through a cooperative planning process between eligible customers and WIA
staff. Eligible adults and dislocated workers needing training services will have access to training provider
information for making an informed training choice. Programs are approved through Individual Training
Occupational skills – short term and long term
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Work Experience
Upgrade skills training
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Job readiness
Customized training (Employer requested)
                                      Services for Employers
Assistance in finding qualified workers
Labor exchange
Interview facilities
State- and/or federally-generated Labor Market Information (LMI)
State- and/or federally-generated information on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information regarding consultations on workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities
Information and referrals on business start-up, retention, and expansion services
Information and referrals on developing customized training programs
Information and referrals to career preparation activities
Rapid Response for mass layoffs and plant closings
Information for on-the-job training programs (based on worker eligibility)
State and/or federally-generated information on tax credits for new hires

                                           Services to Youth
Tutoring, study skills, and dropout prevention
Alternative secondary school offerings
Occupational skills training
Paid and unpaid work experiences, internships, job shadowing
Summer employment opportunities
Leadership development
Adult mentoring
Comprehensive guidance and counseling
Supportive services
Follow-up services

                                      One-Stop Local Partners
The local One-Stop Career Center along with the local Workforce Agencies are the partners responsible for
collaborating to unify the numerous programs into a single, customer-friendly, seamless system of service
delivery in each community.

Key partners include the following:

Workforce Investment Boards
Local community colleges
Georgia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Department of Family and Children Services
Job Corps and Veterans Programs
Vocational/Technical schools and Adult education agencies
Local school boards
Community action agencies
Area agencies on aging
Redevelopment and housing
Mandatory Partners in the One-Stop Career Centers
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                                 Changing to a New Job or Career

Visit your local Department of Labor Career Center for advice and assistance with your job search and or
training needs. The Career Centers provide the following services at no charge:

Local, State, and National Job Listings--over 170,000 job openings each year.

Job Search Techniques Workshops--latest information on job seeking strategies.

Financial/Stress Management Workshops--tips on stretching your income and managing stress during

Resource Library--latest books and videos on job search information and strategies.

Computers and Laser Printers for you to use to develop resumes and cover letters

Georgia Career Information Systems--information on occupations, education and training, job search, etc.

Unemployment Insurance assistance in filing a claim for unemployment benefits

Clerical Testing--to assess clerical skills

Services are available on-line: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/js/replace/
Re-Place Yourself (Job Search Handbook) is an online guide for anyone seeking employment. It addresses
some of the challenges you may experience in job seeking and provides tips on new and effective job search
Register with the local Georgia Department of Labor Career Center to assist in your job search efforts.
Assess your skills from prior jobs and hobbies. Update your resume to reflect skills learned from prior jobs
and or hobbies. Strengthen your computer software skills.
Explore career fields based on your passion and what interest you. Consider short term training options
for certifications that may enhance your skills and improve your marketability.

Research employers to see what assessments and or credentials are required in your choice of career.
Consider taking the Georgia Work Ready assessment offered at the local vocational and or technical schools.

Register with several temporary employment agencies to increase your chances of employment. These
agencies offer a variety of placement options and that often lead to permanent employment.

Volunteer in the field of employment you are interested in acquiring a job. Volunteering offers an opportunity to
learn, make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Network with family and friends, everyone you meet is a potential catalyst for a job reference. Seek out
individuals who are already employed in the line of work you are interested in pursuing.

Be patient and stay positive. Keep a good attitude and be persistent in your job search efforts.

Attend a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) orientation to consider training options. Choosing a new
career oftentimes require some sort of additional training and local workforce staff can you assist in developing
a training plan.
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          Job Seekers
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                             Tips on how to get the job

   Research and learn all you can about the prospective employer
   Ensure your credentials match the job description
   Highlight and expound in your resume on the skills, credentials and experience that match the job
    description. Keep copies of current resumes in your possession at all times.
   Network with existing employees who may be willing to give you a reference (some employers pay
    referral fees to current employees for new hire employees)
   Research and rehearse potential interview questions to be prepared for the interview (example:
    questions on your strengths, weaknesses and behavioral)
   Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer/interviewer related to the company and or position
   Ask ahead about proper attire for the interview
   Be cheerful
   Arrive 15 minutes early
   Bring a note pad and extra pens for note taking and/or to complete an application
   Keep a completed application on hand to ensure information is accurate and for timeliness in
    completing applications
   Never list inaccurate information on an application or resume
   Be prepared to list the names, address and telephone number of three references
   When introduced to interviewer, give your full name, and be prepared to give a firm (no sweaty palms)
   Sit up straight
   Keep eye contact with the interviewer
   Relax, try not to appear anxious
   Speak correct English, (no slang)
   Answer questions honestly
   Don’t talk too much
   Don’t volunteer any information not related to the job
   Refrain from discussing personal information
   Don’t discuss money unless the employer brings it up
   After the interview, reiterate before leaving your excitement at the prospect of working for the employer
   Thank the interviewer with a hand shake
   Follow up with a thank you note the next day after the interview
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     Research job postings for employers who will be attending the job fair
     Make a list of those employer
     Print out a copy of the job descriptions
     Ensure your credentials match the job description
     Highlight and expound in your resume on the skills, credentials and experience that match the job
     Take extra resumes (15 – 25)
     Prepare a short list of questions to ask the employer representatives related to the company and or job
     Dress professionally
     Be friendly and outgoing
     Don’t chew gum
     Arrive early to allot time for registration
     Be prepared for mini interviews
     Take a completed application with references (employers occasionally accept applications)
     Bring a note pad and extra pens for note taking
     Introduce yourself to prospective employer representative, with a handshake and state your full name,
     Keep eye contact during introductions
     Keep good posture
     Speak correct English, (no slang)
     Ask the employer representative for a business card and follow-up tips
     When leaving, thank the employer representative with a hand shake
     Use the business care to follow up with a thank you note
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Career Education and Training

Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development
Visit us online at: www.macon-mowd.com
Terminal Station, 200 Cherry Street, Suite 400B, Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-751-7333

                                              Mission Statement:

The Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development was established to develop a workforce that:
   Enables individuals to achieve their highest potential
   Ensures employers have the skilled workers they need to compete effectively in the global economy
   Capitalizes on the untapped potential of underemployed and discouraged workers, youth and other job
    seekers with special needs
The Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development touches the lives of many Macon-Bibb citizens. We
assist employers, job seekers, and families to achieve their maximum workforce potential.


The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 supersedes the Job Training Partnership Act, offering a
comprehensive range of workforce development activities throughout Macon/Bibb County. Available workforce
development services provided in local communities benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, incumbent
workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, persons with disabilities, and employers.
Workforce increases employment opportunities, job retention, employee earnings, and occupational skills
improvement for participants. This, in turn, improves the quality of the workforce, reduces welfare dependency
and improves productivity and competitiveness for our state and nation.
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                                              Administration of WIA
The Local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) consists primarily of private and public sector representatives
from business, labor organizations, primary and secondary educational institutions, and community civic
The Chief Elected Official (CEO) of each local workforce investment area appoints a Local WIB with
membership similar to the State WIB. The Local WIB develops and submits a local area plan to the Governor
appoints local One-Stop partners and selects eligible organizations to provide an array of services for youth and
adults. In cooperation with the CEO, the Local WIB appoints a Youth Council that will help establish youth
priorities for year round in-school and out of school youth.

                                                 Benefits of WIA
 the activities provided by WIA at the local level offer a variety of benefits to both program participants and the
                                               communities served.

Job Seekers
   Universal access to job search and labor market information
   Job counseling and support
   Education and skills training
   Individual choice of service
   Basic skills assessment
   Resources and support to attain educational goals
   Leadership development
   Exposure to the world of work through training and mentoring
   Influence over local area employment policies
   Improved and trained labor pool
   Development of on-the-job and customized training
   Recruiting and screening
   Assistance for laid-off workers
   Tax Work Credits (http://www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/)
   Collaboration and partnership with primary and secondary educational institutions
   A work ready workforce
   Specially designed services based on community need
   Empowerment and self sufficiency over welfare dependency

One Stop Center
Georgia Department of Labor-Macon Career Center
3090 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 751-6141
(478) 751-6639
TTY (478) 751-6315
Local Approved Individual Training Accounts Schools
Technical Colleges
Central Georgia Technical College
3300 Macon Tech Drive
Macon, GA 31206
(478) 757-3400
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                                           JOB FAIR TIPS:

Middle Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 988-6800


Macon State College
100 College Station Drive
Macon, GA 31206

Wesleyan College
4760 Forsyth Road
Macon, GA 31210-4462
(478) 757-5180

Other Schools

Extended Health Services, Inc
2733 Sheraton Drive, Bldg F165
Macon, GA 31204
(478) 746-9988

Helms Career Institute - Goodwill Industries
5171 Eisenhower Parkway,
Macon, GA 31206
(478) 475-9995

Registered Apprenticeship Schools

Macon Electrical JATC
P.O. Box 2565, 1046 Patterson Street
Macon, GA 31203
(478) 743-7017

Southeastern Carpenters Training Trust
3500 Atlanta Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta GA 30331

Southeastern Millwright Training Trust -
1539 McCollum Parkway
Kennesaw GA 30144

Note: Visit the Georgia Department of Labor website at: www.dol.state.ga.us for a complete list of approved
Eligible Training Providers in the state of Georgia and/or to apply to become an approved provider.
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The Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc.
Middle Georgia Workforce investment Board
124 Osigian Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31088
Phone: (478) 953-4771
Fax: (478) 953-2509
Toll Free: 1-800-537-1933
TTY: 1-800-255-0056
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                         WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA)

Visit us online at: http://www.mgwib.com/index.html
Welcome to the Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board’s Website. Our website is designed to provide
you with pertinent information on the Workforce Investment Services (WIA) that we provide. This website is
also designed to provide you with pertinent information on WIA participating community partners.

The Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board is committed to building a world-class workforce system
designed to meet the needs of all customer populations, inclusive of our clients, the employers and other
community partners. The mission of the Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board is that it develops and
maintains a partnership that makes employment resources accessible to job seekers and employers.

Training and Career Services
Are you trapped in a dead end job?
Are you unemployed or underemployed?
Did you lose your job through no fault of your own?
Are you a displaced homemaker in need of a fresh start in life?

AMERICA'S SERVICE LOCATOR - Employers and jobseekers can find the services they need at a convenient
Career One-Stop Center.

Here's Help With Training and Your Career!
The Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board offers a variety of services to assist job seekers and
employers. If you need a new skill or want to upgrade your current skills, financial aid is available for most
Georgia residents and training is free for those who qualify. Training opportunities offered by area technical
colleges, colleges/universities and other providers are directly linked to available Middle Georgia jobs. For more
details check out the services listed below.

Contact Us to Find Out How to Get Involved!

Occupational Skills - Individuals are enrolled in hands-on and classroom training that provides the
occupational skills needed to increase marketability and meet local labor market demand. Get information on
free training, Middle Georgia's post-secondary training institutions, and financial aid.
Adult Education and Literacy - Adult Literacy Programs are offered throughout the Middle Georgia area from
the beginning reader through the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or high school diploma.
Career Decision-Making - Career Decision-Making services are those services designed to assist you in
defining your career choices. Services may include comprehensive testing that will guide you in choosing the
right career.

Occupational Skills
Job Training Is Our Business!
Classroom-based training for specific demand occupations leading to good jobs is available at area technical
colleges, colleges/universities, community-based organizations and private-for-profit companies. The length of
training may be as short as six weeks or as long as two years. Individuals will receive the skills, knowledge and
abilities needed to successfully enter the workforce.

Click on the following links to get more information about Occupational Skills Training.
MGWIB's Free Training - Individuals who meet the Consortium's eligibility requirements and are accepted by
approved training institutions will receive free training.
Middle Georgia's Post Secondary Training Institutions - Middle Georgia's post-secondary training
institutions with contact information.
Financial Aid - Resources to start you on your search to find the money you need to go to college.

Adult Education and Literacy
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, speak in
English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of
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the individual and in society." This is a broader view of literacy than just an individual's ability to read, the more
traditional concept of literacy. As information and technology have increasingly shaped our society, the skills we
need to function successfully have gone beyond reading and literacy.

Is it too late to enroll in Adult Literacy Programs? It is never too late to enroll in adult literacy programs. You
may enroll at any time and attend class as your schedule permits.

GED Graduates & $500 Grant - Did you know that GED graduates who are Georgia residents are eligible for a
$500 grant for books or tuition to further their education at Georgia Colleges and/or Technical Colleges?

Resources and Helpful Sites for GED Programs and Basic Skills Education

America's Literacy Directory - Enter your Zip Code and find literacy programs near you.

Odle Management Group - Administers the Job Corps Program. The local Job Corps contact information is
401 Cherry St., Suite 230, Macon, GA 31201 or 1-800-872-4604 or (478) 741-7106.

Central Georgia Technical College - Offers adult education courses in Macon, Milledgeville, Gray, Eatonton,
Roberta and Forsyth.

Division of Rehabilitation Services - Provides opportunities for work and personal independence for
Georgians with disabilities.


        Milledgeville HUB DRS Office, 2930 Heritage Place, Suite 102, Milledgeville GA 31061, (478) 445-

        Perry HUB DRS Office, 1021 Commerce Street, Perry GA 31069, (478) 988-6760

Forsyth Monroe County Community Learning Center - Provides adult education and literacy classes. Does
not have a website, but can be contacted at the address and telephone number listed below:

25A Brookland Avenue
P. O. Box 1308, Forsyth GA 31029
(478) 994-5617 FAX: (478) 994-7064

GED Online - Continuing education website dedicated to helping you prepare online for the GED High School
Equivalency Diploma Test. You must pay for this service.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College - 560 Pinehill Road, Dublin GA 31021, (912) 275-6590

Mercer University's Educational Opportunity Council Locations:

        1658 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31207 (478) 301-2440 Fax: (478) 301-2186

        511 N. Houston Road, Suite A-1, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-0660 Fax: (478) 923-3067

Middle Georgia Technical College - Offers adult literacy classes throughout Houston, Dooly, Peach and
Pulaski counties. Call (478) 988-6851.

Office of Adult Literacy - Through its thirty-seven (37) service delivery areas, the Office of Adult Literacy
promotes and provides adult literacy programs throughout the state of Georgia.
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                                      Career and Decision Making
Career decision-making/planning is one of the most important decisions you will make during your lifetime.
Career planning is a process, which includes choosing an occupation, getting a job and growing in the job. You
may also change careers several times during your lifetime

Career Planning includes the following types of services:

        Initial interview to determine your needs.

        Assessments that measure your interests, skills and aptitudes.

        Life-planning activities based on interpretation of assessment results.

        Individual career counseling and coaching.

        Resume-writing assistance.

        Interviewing skills instruction.

        Job clubs to learn from other job seekers and provide support.

        Phone banks to contact employers.

        Copying and fax services for distributing resumes and cover letters.

                                            Discover Your Interests
America's Career Information Network - America's Career InfoNet enables users to find wage and
employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer
contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.

American College Testing (ACT) - American College Testing (ACT) information and scholarships information.

Bridges - Online career exploration and planning system for middle and high school students that supports
career awareness, career exploration, career planning and career transition activities.
Career Builder - Provides activities and information that can be helpful as you develop plans for high school
and beyond.

Career Key - Provides free tests designed to measure career aptitude.

GAcollege411 - Helping students plan, apply, and pay for college.

Georgia Career Information Center - Get information about educational and career options to students and
hard-to-reach parents across the State of Georgia. Available topics include Going to High School, Graduating
from High School, After High School - What Next?, Financial Aid, Career Decision Making, and Special

Georgia Health Sciences University - Medical College of Georgia's website link to Health Careers.

Georgia Career Resource Network (GCRN) - A companion web site to the Georgia Career Information Center
website, contains additional information for teachers, counselors, and parents.
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georgiaGO.org - The Georgia Education GO Get It Partnership is the best hope ever for Georgia students to
GO get a high-school diploma, a college degree, and a successful, fulfilling life.

Job Profiles - Actual people working in different fields share their experiences about working in an occupation.

Mapping Your Future - Explore careers, prepare for college, pay for college and manage your money.

Monster - Find Jobs. Build a Better Career.

National Center for Education Statistics - U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences,
National Center for Education Statistics. The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to
education in the U.S. and other nations.

Onward Health Care - A leading Healthcare Staffing Company for nursing and allied health professions,
international candidates and vendor managed services for large health systems.

Test Prep Review - Your Source for Free Practice Tests!

Thomson* Peterson's - Connects individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its website
with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning,
executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test
preparation, and career exploration.

WetFeet.com - Helps you make smarter career decisions.

Free or low-cost career counseling services are usually available at:
Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc.
124 Osigian Blvd., Suite A
Warner Robins, GA. 31088
(478) 953-4771
1-800-537-1933 toll free
TTY: 1-800-255-0056

Middle Georgia One-Stop Career Centers

Georgia Department of Labor
Houston County Career Center
96 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 988-7130
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TTY: (478) 751-7150

Georgia Department of Labor - Milledgeville Career Center
156 Roberson Mill Rd
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-5465
TTY: (478)445-5064

Macon Career Center
3090 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 751-6141
TTY (478) 751-6315

Technical Colleges
Central Georgia Technical College
3300 Macon Tech Drive
Macon, GA 31206
(478) 757-3400
TTY: 1 800-474-1031

Middle Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 988-6800
TTY: 1-800-474-1031

Oconee Fall Line Technical College
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
(478) 275-6589

Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082
(478) 553-2050

Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Road
Griffin, GA 30223
(770) 228-7348
TTY: (770) 228-7258

                                            Career Planning Resources
Listed below are some helpful Career Planning Resources that will assist you in planning your career:
America's Service Locator - The Service Locator is a web-based database. It helps you locate public service
offices with information on finding a job, planning a career, locating training, dealing with job loss and recruiting
employees. Just type in your address to get a map and driving directions to the nearest location providing the
services you are seeking.
Career One-Stop - Your pathway to career success.
Georgia Department of Labor - Find a One Stop Career Center near you.
Mercer University's Educational Opportunity Center - 1658 Coleman Ave., Macon, GA 31207 (478) 301-
2440 or Fax: (478) 301-2186 or 511 N. Houston Rd., Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-0660 or Fax: (478)
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O*Net Online - O*Net Online provides online resources for finding an occupation and researching occupations
that use your skills.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of
career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future
work lives. The Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education
needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Salary.com - You can choose a career field, enter you zip code or regional area and find out what the salaries
are for the career you are exploring.

Students.gov - Student gateway to the U.S. government. Links to information on planning your education,
career development, military service, paying for your education, and many other links.
TRIO - An Educational Opportunity for low-income and disabled Americans.

Talent Search Program - Program, which identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial
counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the
postsecondary school of their choice. Also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the
educational system and complete their education.

Georgia Career Information System - The Georgia Career Information System, an automated system that
provides current and accurate occupational and educational information. This information can help young
people and adults make informed career choices.
Locations of Georgia Career Information System:
        Middle Georgia Consortium, Inc. - 124 Osigian Blvd., Suite A, Warner Robins, GA

        Most high schools

        Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers

                                          Business Services
This section of the site provides links to resources on the Internet designed to assist business and industry.
If you are a business seeking to hire new employees, MGWIB can make applicant referrals for job openings,
without fees or obligation, while the hiring decision is left to you. Visit our Employer Screening Services
The MGWIB also operates an On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. Under the OJT program, the MGWIB can
pay up to fifty percent (50%) of the training-period wages.
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                                         Employer Services

Macon-Bibb Office of workforce Development and Middle Georgia Consortium offer the
following services to employers:

      Influence over local area employment policies
      Improved and trained labor pool
      Development of on-the-job and customized training
      Recruiting and screening
      Assistance for laid-off workers
      Work Tax Credits

Macon Georgia Top Ten Employers – Government and Private Sector
Three-Month Average: JAN, FEB, MAR - 2011

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          Middle Georgia Employers
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Warner Robins Georgia Top Ten Employers – Government and Private Sector
Three-Month Average: JAN, FEB, MAR - 2011

Warner Robins MSA FRITO LAY INC.
Warner Robins MSA WAL-MART
Additional References sites for Georgia Department of Labor:
Mark Butler, Commissioner
Workforce Statistics &
Economic Research
An Analysis of Long-term
Employment Projections to 2018
                                   Middle Georgia Industry Sectors
         Advanced Manufacturing
Macon has the location, infrastructure, and skilled workforce to emerge as the global leader in advanced
manufacturing. Macon offers a low-cost, pro business environment and a highly skilled, educated and capable
Our location in the heart of Georgia has enabled Macon to become a major logistical hub in the Southeast.
Macon is an exceptional location for advanced manufacturing due to the many competitive advantages such as:
        Strategic location in the center of Georgia at intersections of I-75, I-475, & I-16
        Just over an hour’s drive to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
        Three (3) area airports offering available, industry ready sites with runway access
        Quick Start, #1 Training Program in the Country - Expansion Management, 2007
        Central Georgia Technical College – Certified Manufacturing Specialist Program
        100% Freeport Exemption on all three classes of merchandise
        Available and skilled workforce
        “21st Most Productive Workforce in the Nation”- Industry Week
        “50 Best Small Metros” - Inc. Magazine
        Available workforce of over 400,000 in a 40 mile radius
        Norfolk Southern Railroad’s largest switching yard in the Southeast Georgia Central railroad
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                   2009 Macon MSA Wage Survey

                                                                        Entry     Median
SOC       Occupational Title                                            Hourly    Hourly
Code                                                                    Wage      Wage
11-3051   Industrial Production Managers                                23.30     34.29
          First-Line Supervisors/Managers of
51-1011   Production and Operating Workers                              14.98     24.78
51-2041   Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
51-2099   Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other                         9.03      9.57
          Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators,
51-4011   Metal and Plastic                                             17.04     18.68
          Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters,
51-4031   Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic                     10.65     13.54
51-4121   Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers                      9.20      15.44
51-5011   Binder Workers                                                8.71      10.32
51-5021   Job Printers                                                  14.59     20.54
51-5022   Prepress Technicians and Workers                              10.31     12.27
51-5023   Printing Machine Operators                                    10.39     16.90
51-6031   Sewing Machine Operators                                      8.49      9.82
51-7011   Cabinet and Bench Carpenters                                  12.91     14.22
          Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Ma-
51-9012   chine Setters, Operators, and Tenders                           13.49   18.12
          Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Opera-
51-9021   tors, and Tenders                                               18.55   22.37
          Mixing and Blending Machine Setters,
51-9023   Operators, and Tenders                                          8.54    12.28
51-9032   Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Ten- 9.17           13.36
          Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine
51-9041   Setters, Operators, and Tenders                                 7.26    10.02
51-9051   Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Ten- 13.04         15.64
51-9061   Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers            11.27   15.14
51-9111   Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders           7.54      11.29
          Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters,
51-9121   Operators, and Tenders                                        10.10     13.71
51-9122   Painters, Transportation Equipment                            14.31     20.80
51-9199   Production Workers, All Other                                 8.51      15.29

      2009 Georgia Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December 2009
      Source: http://www.maconworks.com/advanced-manufacturing.da
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Major Middle Georgia Manufacturers
Armstrong World Industries
Battle Lumber Company
Blue Bird Corporation
Boeing Company
Engelhard Corporation
First Quality
Graphic Packaging International
Kumho Tire (USA)
Nichiha (USA)
Trane Company
YKK (USA) Incorporated

                                                 Food Processing
Southern hospitality and economic development expertise combine for an appetizing experience in Macon, Bibb
County, Georgia. With its excellent proximity to Interstates I-75, I-16, and I-475, Macon is a great location to serve
Atlanta and Southeast markets.
Macon offers abundant, high quality water and sewer capacity and award winning treatment plants. In fact, our
reservoir has a water capacity of 60,000,000 gallons/day and sewer capacity of 44,000,000 gallons/day. The American
Water Works Association selected the Macon Water Authority as the 2009 “Best of the Best” taste test winner meaning
that Macon also offers America’s best tasting water.
Making it even more suitable for the food products manufacturing industry is Macon's:
Middle Georgia Food Related Companies
Sara Lee Food & Beverage
California Cereal Products
Carter’s Homemade Bacon & Sausage
ConAgra Food Ingredient Grain Processing
Crown Candy Corporation
Eatonton Co-Operative Feed Co.
Frito-Lay, Inc
Gooseneck Farms
Hatcher Milling Co.
Incredible Chocolate Chip Cookie
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Co.
MBM Foodservices Inc.
Pride of Africa Coffee, Inc.
Priesters Pecan
Ryals Bakery
M S P Feed Co.
Perdue Farms, Inc.
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    SOC                     Occupational Description                       Entry Hourly          Average
    Code                                                                      Wage             Hourly Wage

  51-3011                               Bakers                                  7.35               10.42

  51-3021                   Butchers and Meat Cutters                           8.35               11.42

  51-9021       Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Set-                  18.55              22.37
                           ters, Operators, and Tenders

  51-9023      Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators,                  8.54               12.28
                                and Tenders

  51-9032       Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators,                 9.17               13.36
                                     and Tenders

  51-9041        Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting                   10.27              12.39
                   Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

  51-9111        Packaging & Filling Machine Operators & Ten-                   7.54               11.29

Source: 2009 Georgia Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December 2009

With its central location in the rapidly expanding Southern automotive corridor, Georgia offers automotive
manufacturers accessibility and convenience in production and transportation. Georgia is home to more than
385 auto and vehicle related companies. It is this well-situated location that makes Macon, Georgia an ideal
location for automotive suppliers.
These companies, representing all stages of the supply chain, make use of innovative new technologies via
eight research universities, and efficiently ship goods around the world via an integrated logistics network.
Macon, GA has the best tools for serving the automotive industry!
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                             2009 Macon MSA Wage Survey

    SOC                    Occupational Description                    Entry Hourly         Average
    Code                                                                  Wage            Hourly Wage

  11-1021              General and Operations Managers                      21.00              34.74

  11-3051                Industrial Production Manager                      23.30              34.29

  17-2112                      Industrial Engineers                         25.02              36.69

  51-1011       First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production               14.98              24.78
                            and Operating Workers

  51-4011       Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators,                  8.35              11.42
                                 Metal and Plastic

  51-4031       Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters,               10.65              13.54
                 Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

  51-4121          Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers                  9.20              15.44

  51-9061         Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and               11.27              15.14

  51-9198                Helpers – Production Workers                        6.99              8.48

2009 Georgia Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December 2009


Due to the large concentration of aerospace related industries in the area, Middle Georgia has been dubbed
GEORGIA’S “AEROSPACE CORRIDOR.” Middle Georgia is home to more than 100 aerospace companies
and contractors. The Middle Georgia area is also home to Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial
complex in the state with over 21,000 maintenance and logistics workers; Boeing’s Team Macon C-17
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assembly facility; Vought Aircraft’s composite facility and assembly facility; and numerous associated service
facilities. There are over 30,000 aerospace workers in the area.
Macon, Georgia offers workforce advantages for aerospace companies with wage rates below national
averages, a favorable labor environment, trained workers and programs for ensuring expedited start-up
operations. It is no wonder why Macon is ranked as one of 101 Great Locations in the South for Aviation &
Aerospace. (Southern Business & Development)
Robins Air Force Base, Bombardier, Boeing, Vought, Northrop Grumman, ASA, Timco, Honeywell International
all calls the Macon area home. Why?

         Strategic location in the center of Georgia at intersections of I-75, I-475, & I-16

         Just over an hour’s drive to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

         3 area airports offering available, industry ready sites with runway access

         Avionics and electronics design and repair facilities

                          21 automotive, truck and bus assembly plants within 500 miles

                                                 Outstanding Interstate Highway access

                                                   4 deep water ports within 5 hours

                                     Hartsfield International Airport within 1 ½ hours

                                                   Metal fabrication training programs

                                         Welding and exotic metal training programs

                                                    Skilled and dedicated workforce

                                                   Competitive cost of doing business

                          Extensive training opportunities or company workers available

         3 MRO operations and strong supplier network

         3 FAA certified A&P Mechanic training programs in the area

         Quick Start- #1 Training Program in the Country (Expansion Management, 2007)

         Aerospace Engineering and aerospace technical training programs

         9 area colleges, universities, and technical colleges
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   26 county draw area of over 400,000 people

   First-rate transportation infrastructure

   2 ½ to 5 hours from 4 major seaports: Savannah (3rd largest & fastest growing seaport in the U.S.),
    Brunswick, Charleston, and Jacksonville

   Norfolk Southern Railroad, a Class 1 rail service provider, and Georgia Central Railroad

   The largest rail switching center on the East coast
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                             2009 Macon MSA Wage Survey

   SOC Code              Occupational Description                  Entry     Average Hourly
                                                               Hourly Wage       Wage

    51-1011        First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Pro-         14.60         23.65
                        duction and Operating Workers

    51-2041        Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters        12.18         15.22

    51-2099         Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other           8.90         12.03

    51-4011        Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Op-            10.41         15.09
                        erators, Metal and Plastic

    51-4121       Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers         12.51         16.74

    51-9061        Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers,         11.30         15.10
                                and Weighers

    17-2071                  Electrical Engineers                  28.47         37.89

    17-2112                  Industrial Engineers                  26.09         35.07

    17-2141                 Mechanical Engineers                   22.47         28.91

    17-2199                  Engineers, All Other                  16.43         27.41

    49-1011       First-Line Supervisors/ Managers of Me-          17.22         25.67
                      chanics, Installers, and Repairers

    49-9042        Maintenance and Repair Workers, Gen-            10.45         16.84
Source: 2009 Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December 2009.
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                                              Shared Services
Data Centers, Customer Contact Centers, Knowledge Centers, Customer Service Centers, Shared Service
Operations all can flourish in Macon. Why?

       State-of-the-art, 100% electronic stored program control switching telecommunications service

       3 digital electronic switch central offices

       16 POPs

       22,500 miles of fiber optic network

       9 colleges and universities with over 30,000 college students and 7,000 military personnel

       Award winning CISCO, Microsoft Office, and Certified Customer Service Specialist training programs

       Low occupancy and labor costs

       Attractive business incentives

       Available and skilled workforce
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                          2009 Macon MSA Wage Survey

 SOC                   Occupational Description                  Entry Hourly       Average
 Code                                                               Wage             Hourly

41-3011                 Advertising Sales Clerks                      9.64           12.78

43-3011                Bill and Account Collectors                   12.99           15.25

43-3021    Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators          11.65           14.13

43-9011                   Computer Operators                         10.80           13.41

15-1041              Computer Support Specialists                    13.66           18.07

41-2021                Counter and Rental Clerks                      8.10           12.55

43-9021                    Data Entry Keyers                          9.22           12.82

43-1011    First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Ad-         15.34           21.69
                      ministrative Support Workers

11-1021            General and Operations Managers                   21.00           34.74

43-4111         Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan            11.00           13.27

43-4131               Loan Interviewers and Clerks                    8.94           11.57

43-4151                       Order Clerks                            8.79           11.66

41-3099        Sales Representatives, Services, All Other            12.47           19.90

41-3031     Sales Agents – Securities/Commodities/Financial          17.16           22.18

13-2081     Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents            11.14           16.62

41-9041                      Telemarketers                            8.75           10.99

          Source: 2009 Georgia Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December
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                                      2009 Macon MSA Wage Survey

    SOC                   Occupational Description                  Entry Hourly     Average
    Code                                                               Wage        Hourly Wage

   43-3031       Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks           10.41         13.95

   11-3021       Computer and Information Systems Managers              26.25         37.07

   43-9011                    Computer Operators                        10.80         13.41

   15-1021                  Computer Programmers                        20.84         30.04

   15-1031         Computer Software Engineer, Applications             13.88         19.34

   15-1041               Computer Support Specialists                   13.66         18.07

   15-1051                Computer Systems Analysts                     17.70         22.89

   43-9021                     Data Entry Keyers                         9.47         13.99

   15-1061                  Database Administrators                     26.80         29.93

   53-1021     First-Line Supervisors/ Managers of Helpers, La-         12.63         17.93
                      borers, and Material Movers, Hand

   53-1031     First-Line Supervisor/Managers of Transportation         16.05         20.69
               and Material Moving Machine and Vehicle Opera-

   11-1021               General Operations Managers                    21.00         34.74

   53-7051           Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators              9.54         13.28

   53-7062     Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers,          8.14         10.59

   49-9043             Maintenance Workers, Machinery                   13.69         15.57

   15-1071      Network and Computer Systems Administrators             22.79         31.20

   53-7064               Packers and Packagers, Hand                     6.94         8.24

   11-3061                   Purchasing Managers                        27.13         32.48

   43-5071          Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks              8.60         11.44

   11-3071      Transportation, Storage, Distribution Managers          20.51         38.07

   53-3032          Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer            11.26         14.61

   53-3033          Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services            7.49         11.52

   Source: 2009 Georgia Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, December 2009.
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   Warehousing & Distribution

   Centrally located in Georgia and the Southeast, Macon offers extensive access to rail, road and air supply
   lines. Because of our first-rate transportation infrastructure and excellent connectivity, we can offer supply
   chain management solutions that give your company the competitive edge you are looking for while im-
   proving your bottom line.

   Central to Your Success!
   Strategic location at the heart of Georgia at intersections of I-75, I-475, I-16
        22 interstate exits
        82% of the commercial markets are within 2 shipping days of Georgia
        Norfolk Southern Railroad’s largest switching yard in the Southeast
        Georgia Central railroad
        4 deep water ports within 5 hours
        Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport within 1 ½ hours
        Middle GA Regional Airport
       Warehouse/Distribution/Logistics college training programs
      Georgia Tech Logistics Program
   Over 1,100 acres zoned for distribution
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                                      EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

Able Body Labor Phone: (478) 744-9713

Account Temps Phone: (478) 405-6984

ActionMed Personnel Phone: (478) 330-5742

Advantage Staffing Phone: (478) 272-1010

Adecco Employment Service Phone: (478) 471-1100 3555

Ambassador Personnel Phone: (478) 788-2303

Brownie Points Staffing Phone: (478) 330-5929

Certistaff Phone: (478) 974-0086

Davidson and Collins Phone: (478) 787-0530

Express Employment Professionals - Staffing Phone: (478) 743-9559 http://www.expresspros.com/

Georgia Department of Labor/Macon Phone: (478)751-6164
Georgia Department of Labor/Warner Robins Phone: (478) 988-7130
Georgia Department of Labor/Milledgeville Phone: (478) 445-5465

Job Connection/Macon Phone: (478) 471-4816
Job Connection/Warner Robins Phone: (478) 922-9192

Kelly Services Phone: (478) 405-9301

Labor Finders Phone: (478)741-4500

Manpower Phone: (478) 471-9182

Nuestra Staffing Phone: (478) 755-9933

Rehabilitation Employment Services

Star Choices
Phone: (478) 743-9801

Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation
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                    Georgia Small Business Development Center

 “New business creation is the lifeblood of our economy. In the last three years the Georgia SBDC Net-
 work assisted entrepreneurs in staring 791 new Georgia businesses.”
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  New businesses add jobs and boost the economy. “In 2010 impact clients of the Georgia SBDC network
  added approximately 1697 new jobs to the economy and enjoyed revenues of nearly $103 million”.
  In 2010 impact clients

Register for a class to learn how to start a business and how o set up your business plan.

Reference Source: The University of Georgia SBDC website at: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/

The University of Georgia SBDC
Stantec Center, Suite 202
4875 Riverside Drive
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 757-3609
Fax: (478) 471-0637

Additional resources:

Fort Valley State College Rural Business Outreach
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                                     Rural Business Outreach Institute

 Mission & Purpose

 The Rural Business Outreach Institute (RBOI) has a mission to increase entrepreneurship in rural Georgia
 through assistance, support, and education.”
 Individuals are provided the necessary information, technical assistance, and financial support to start their own
 business, improve and expand their existing business, create employment opportunities, and develop programs
 to retain jobs.
 Check out the RBOI brochure at http://past.fvsu.edu/about/external-affairs/rboi and request that you receive notifica-
 tion of upcoming workshops by sending your name, address and email to ruralbusiness@fvsu.edu.


 Created in 1995 through financial funding received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Entrepreneu-
 rial Outreach Development Initiative for 1890 land-grant institutions, the program primarily serves the surround-
 ing 17 “Tier 1” counties.

 Under the umbrella of the Institute, the Small Business Academy was created. This entity offers the community a
 Small Business Incubator, Entrepreneur Resource Center, Technology Laboratory and several entrepreneurial
 and youth programming opportunities.

 Since inception, the program has been successful in assisting 1,700 businesses and coordinating the approval
 of more that $3.2 million in loan approvals.
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                                     Small Business Academy

Small Business Academy encompasses 13,000 square feet of office space known as The Entrepreneurial
Resource Center. This business incubator is devoted to providing office and training space in an environment in
which businesses can grow, develop, and succeed at below-market rates.

Reference Source website: http://past.fvsu.edu/about/external-affairs/rboi


Program Coordinator
Rural Business Outreach Institute
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
478-825-6127 Office
478-825-6139 Fax

Additional resources:

University of Georgia SBDC: http://www.georgiasbdc.org/
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                                 Community Resource information

 United Way 211
 Phone: dial 211 or 1-866-680-8924

 There are many services and resources that are available to you in your community. But which one is the right
 one for you? How do you get in touch with the agency that can help you the most? United Way 2-1-1 provides
 you with two ways to get the information that you need and helps you find the right service for your specific need.

 Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained referral specialist who will help you locate programs and services in your area.
 The service is free, and provides confidential information for Central Georgians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 We are equipped to serve the hearing impaired and can accommodate most languages.

 Search the 211 database online. http://www.irissoft.com/hoda It's Central Georgia's most comprehen-
 sive web based resource of programs and services. Added values of the website include language translation
 and location maps. If you have trouble connecting with United Way 211, dial 1-866-680-8924.

 United Way 211 also connects you to agencies and organizations that can make good use of your donated
                                           Emergency Numbers
Medical Center of Center Georgia ………….. (478) 633-1111
Middle Georgia Ambulance……….. (478) 741-4141
Crisis Line – Middle Georgia ………. (478) 745-9292
Macon Fire Department ……………911 (to report a fire)
Macon Police …………………….911 Non emergency (478) 751-7500
Crime Stoppers…………. Call Our Tip Line at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME
Bibb County Sheriff ………………. (478) 746-9441
Houston County Sheriff ………….. (478) 542-2125
Narcotics Anonymous……………….. (478)741-8613
Poison Center …………………………1800-282-5846

Macon Community Guide website:
Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is on an as is basis.

Middle Georgia Counties Resources:
Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, Inc.
Phone: (478) 922-4464
Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is on an as is basis.
Central Georgia

(Area code 478 unless noted)
Disclaimer: The information below was collected, organized, and verified. We would like to thank all the Provider
Agencies and Senior Services included in the directory for providing up-to-date and reliable
information. Information in this directory is subject to constant change, as a result, the Macon-Bibb County Office of
Workforce Development and its partners is not responsible for any information that you find to be incorrect.

Food Stamps: (478) 751-3103
WIC: (478) 751-6488
Crisis Line & Safe House: (478) 745-9292
Safe Link Phone: 1-800-977-3768
Home phone for low income: Macon: ATT: 800-288-2020: Cox 784-8000 (or local companies)
Prescription Assistance: 1-888-477-2669
Health Department: (478) 745-0411
Medicaid Info: Children: (478) 751-3102
Medicaid Info: Adults: 751-3182; 751-4185
Child Support: (478) 752-1500
Social Security: (478) 477-7950
GA Drivers’ Licenses & Photo ID: (478) 751-6031
EOC: (478) 750-8689
DFCS: (478) 751-6051
GA Legal Service: (478) 751-6261
Consumer Credit Counseling: (478) 745-6197
Child Protective Services: (478) 751-6130
Adult Protective Services: 1-888-774-0152
GA Justice Project: (478) 301-2180
Macon Police: (478) 751-7500
Sheriff: (478) 746-9441
Salvation Army: 1955 Broadway: clothing vouchers Mon - Fri - first 5 to apply from 8am - 11:30am. One voucher each
year. 746-8572
Loaves & Fishes: 651 MLK Jr. Blvd: Tues - Fri 8:30 am - 2:30 pm: Every 30 days. 741-1007
Family Advancement Ministries: Children’s clothing to age 6; maternity clothes: For an appointment call 745-7165 and
leave name and phone number.
Macon Outreach at Mulberry: 267 First St; Tues 10 am - 1pm. 743-8026
First Baptist Church: 511 High Pl: 742-6845: 2nd & 4th Mondays.
Macedonia Church: 600 Eisenhower Pkwy: 750-0041: M - Th: 9am - 6pm.

                                         FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Home First: help to prevent eviction & foreclosures: and other emergency help: call for info & forms (478) 803-2373
The Salvation Army: Employed or self-sufficient to qualify: Call (478) 746-8572 on Tues at 8am for appt as long as
funds are available.
Family Advancement Ministries: 570 High Pl. Help for families with children 6 & under: Call (478) 745-7165 and leave
name / number and someone will return your call. Appt Mon - Thurs 9 - 12noon.
St. Vincent de Paul: leave name & number: (478) 745-7000. Will return calls on Mon, Wed, Fri.
Macon Outreach at Mulberry: 267 First St. Call (478) 743-8026 at 9am first working day of each month for appt if funds
Loaves & Fishes Ministries: 651 MLK Jr. Blvd. Help with IDs, prescriptions: Apply in person first Fri of month at
8:30am. First come, first served. (478) 741-1007
Macon- Bibb EOC, 655 2nd St; (478) 738-3240;
East Macon Outreach: (478) 752-5194
South Macon Outreach: (478) 738-3251
Service Center for Homeless & others: 1877
Houston Ave call (478) 750-8689 for available Services.
DFACS: General assistance and other services call: (478) 751-6051: 456 Oglethorpe St.
Houston /Peach Community Action Agency: (478) 922-4464
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 565 Wimbish Road: If funds available: (478) 737-1186
Consumer Credit Counseling: 901 Washington Ave: (478) 745-6197

Christ Episcopal Church: 538 Walnut St: Lunch Sat & Sun 12 noon - 1pm. (478) 745-0427
Loaves & Fishes Ministries: 651 MLK Jr. Blvd.: sack lunch Tues 12 noon to 1pm: snacks everyday. (478) 741-1007
Macon Outreach at Mulberry: 267 First St; Breakfast Tues 7 - 8 am; Lunch Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 11 am - 12 noon;
Sack lunch Tues 11am. Call 743-8026
Meals on Wheels: For homebound elderly; call 745-9140. (fee involved)
Salvation Army: 1955 Broadway: Lunch Tues 1pm, Supper 6:30 pm every day. (478) 746-8572
The Rainbow Center: 2020 Ingleside Ave; Lunch Fri- HIV individuals only. http://www.rainbowcenter.us/ (478) 750
Living Waters Church: 1686 Williamson Rd. (478) 788-1070: Fri: 10:30 - 12 noon: Pick up downtown and return: Deliver
to homebound.
Come to the Fountain: Central City Park; Sun 5-6pm. (478) 538-0933.

Macon Baptist Ministry Center, 1080 Second Street, (478)750-9573

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