Workforce Board

The HOGARC Workforce Development Board (WDB) is responsible for providing policy guidance for the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) services in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha region. The Board is comprised of appointed officials of political subdivisions and private citizens representing demographic groups specified by law. These appointed positions are unpaid.The Board meets every other month to consider specific subjects referred to it by staff, the Commission or initiated by the Board itself.

Workforce Development Boards (or “WDBs”) are regional entities created to implement the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Every community is associated with a Local WDB (LWDB). For each LWDB, a chief elected official (for example, a county commissioner or the mayor of a lead city) appoints members to sit on the WDB. These appointed positions are unpaid. At least 50 percent of a WDB’s membership must come from private businesses. There are also designated seats for representatives from labor unions, educational institutions, community groups, and economic development.

WDBs work in conjunction with economic development-related organizations in order to maximize the reaction time and create resources to intervene for both the dislocated workforce and the incumbent workforce members of a community.

For more information about the Board and for current Board Minutes please go to the Region 9 Website.

2018 Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Workforce Board by County

Appling County

  • Doug Rooks
    • Progressive Resources Center
  • Roger Branch
    • Southeastern Gin and Peanut

Bleckley County

  • Russell Davidson
    • Creative Media Consultant

Candler County

  • Billy Trapnell
    • Communities in Schools, Family Connection
  • Tamra Wells
    • Stitch and Print Management

Dodge County

  • Bobby Peacock
    • Dodge County Manager

Emanuel County

  • Desse Davis
    • Davis Rental Property
  • Mr. Guy Singletary
    • Emanuel County Administrator

Evans County

  • Marshall Smith
    • Pride Pools, Spas and Leisure
  • Michelle Johnson
    • Evans Memorial Hospital

Jeff Davis County

  • Keith Carter
    • K and C Rental
  • Dr. Hank Hobbs
    • Engineered Outdoor Products
  • Wayne Hall
    • Bar H Farm, White Oak Acres, G&W Rental

Johnson County

  • George Milligan
    • Development Authority
      • Executive Director
  • Dr. Margaret Hightower
    • The Factory

Laurens County

  • Tim Herrington
    • Herrington Daylilly Garden, Owner

Montgomery County

  • Brian Hamilton
    • Electro-Mech Scoreboard Company
  • Nolan Thigpen
    • Electro-Mech Scoreboard Company

Tattnall County

  • Carolyn Crume Blackshear
    • Crumeco Records, Concerted Services,Inc.
  • Joe Sikes
    • Canoochee Electric Membership
      • Communications Specialist

Telfair County

  • Jame Frank Cray
    • Cray Trucking
  • Martha McBride
    • McBride Farms
  • Roy Selph
    • Community Action Agency
      • Board Member

Toombs County

  • Dr. Barry Dotson
    • Southeastern Tech College
      • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Mac Jordan
    • Ashford Advisor
  • John Raymond Turner
    • Boys & Girls Club
      • Board Member

Treutlen County

  • Kimberly Edge
    • Edge Aquatic Services

Wayne County

  • Ted Buford
    • Wayne County Family Connection
      • Board Chair
  • Dr. Paul Scott
    • Atlamaha Tech College
      • President Emeritus

Wheeler County

  • Rochelle Culver
    • Culver Rental Property
  • Bobby Cox, Sr.
    • Heart of Georgia Altamaha Action Agency
      • Chair
  • Janice O’Brien
    • Glenwood Telephone Company
      • Owner

Wilcox County

  • Alfonza Hall
    • County Commissioner
  • Clay Reid
    • Reid Construction

Area Wide

  • Debbie Dyal
    • Georgia Department of Labor
      • Career Center Manager
  • Linda Hunter
    • Area Agency on Aging
      • Director
  • Ramona Thurman
    • Telamon Corporation
      • Regional Manager
  • Jason R. Whitlow
    • Local 1922, American Ferderation of Government Employees
      • Director of Logistics


Area Wide

  • Ryan Waldrep
    • Georgia Department of Economic Development
      • Regional Project Manager
  • Roy C. Williams
    • Oconee Fall LIne Tech College
      • Dean T&I Transportation
  • Meddy Settles
    • Carpenters Local 256
  • Stephanie Wood
    • Vocational Rehabilitation
      • Service Area 9 Manager