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Workforce Development Toolkit

Because of size and varying socio-economic conditions, cities differ in terms of staffing, capacity, and know-how. This toolkit, accessible to all GMA members, can help level this uneven playing field. This toolkit concerns all stages of workforce development and may be used to assist cities in determining living wage levels relevant for recruitment and retention, learning about best practices, and researching and adopting appropriate tools for both training needs and succession planning. Most importantly, the toolkit allows GMA to build a knowledge base reflecting the current state of workforce development as well as innovative approaches in anticipation of future trends.
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Reports, Articles, and Tools

Alpharetta Employee Referral Program

Alpharetta's Employee Referral Program is designed as a partnership between the city and its most valued asset and best recruiters, the employees. The purpose of the program is to provide an incentive award to current employees who bring new talent to the city by referring applicants who are subsequently selected and successfully employed.
6/21/2018 12:47:25 PM

Renewing the Water Workforce: Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating a Pipeline to Opportunity

6/15/2018 3:51:49 PM
The Brookings Institution

Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service

5/14/2018 4:07:44 PM
The Volcker Alliance

The Glass-Half-Full Way to Prepare for the "Silver Tsunami"

4/18/2018 4:29:35 PM
Route Fifty

Police Departments in Bidding Wars for Applicants

4/18/2018 1:37:14 PM
Governing Magazine

Public Pension Cuts and Competitiveness

4/12/2018 3:57:51 PM
Center for State and Local Government Excellence

Public Sector Retirement Initiative

3/19/2018 11:01:30 AM
National League of Cities

Athens-Clarke County Innovation Ambassadors

3/7/2018 9:39:20 AM

Room to Grow: New Frontiers for Apprenticeships

2/14/2018 3:46:29 PM
Burning Glass Technologies & Harvard Business School

2018 Management Survey: Leading Challenges in State & Local Government

2/14/2018 2:53:42 PM
Route Fifty

COPS Task Force Makes Compensation Recommendations

12/19/2017 1:06:22 PM

Youth Councils Build Tomorrow’s Leaders

11/14/2017 1:03:35 PM

Driving Employee Engagement: Results from a National Survey

11/9/2017 4:44:29 PM
CPS HR Consulting

State and Local Government Workforce: 2017 Trends

10/31/2017 3:39:05 PM
Center for State & Local Government Excellence

Workforce Toolkit: Living Wage Calculators

10/18/2017 1:33:19 PM

GMA Municipal Workforce Development Task Force Report

6/29/2017 10:04:00 AM

Workforce News

Police Pay A Priority in Monday Budget Discussions

The Atlanta City Council meets Monday to work out the city budget. One key sticking point? How much to pay city employees — especially, police officers.
6/18/2018 8:58:18 AM

Bottoms Proposes Bonuses, Union Skeptical

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants to give city police officers one-time, $1,000 bonuses. The bonuses are part of the mayor’s new proposed budget, which raises total police fun...
5/21/2018 8:20:59 AM

Dunwoody official’s career spans dancing to development

5/14/2018 9:53:35 AM
Reporter Newspapers

Atlanta provides inmates opportunities

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined the Department of Corrections, the Department of Watershed Management and the Georgia Department of Corrections to launch a new reentry program, Pre...
4/17/2018 7:11:37 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Millennials largest gen in U.S. labor force

More than one-in-three American labor force participants (35%) are Millennials, making them the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to a Pew Research Center analysi...
4/13/2018 10:31:23 AM
Pew Research

Athens-Clarke pay may not be competitive

Pay for Athens-Clarke County Unified Government workers may not be competitive in some areas, according to preliminary results from an employee compensation study a consulting firm i...
4/13/2018 10:23:25 AM
Athens Banner-Herald

Helen approves police pay increase

The City of Helen has joined the ranks of jurisdictions that is working to maintain its police force. Following a closed session at the end of Tuesday’s meeting, the Helen City Commi...
4/12/2018 10:27:18 AM
Access North Georgia

Holly Springs to host job fair at depot

4/4/2018 9:38:13 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dunwoody Police expand recruitment efforts to include non-certified officers

4/2/2018 8:29:24 AM
Reporter Newspapers

Atlanta fire department seeking more women

Interim Atlanta Fire Rescue Chief Randall Slaughter said he hopes more women join the department soon.
4/2/2018 8:22:47 AM
Neighbor News

Newnan approves leisure services position

On Tuesday night, the Newnan City Council agreed to the creation of a leisure services position and approved amending the 2018 budget to fund it. The person hired will manage the use...
3/29/2018 10:13:25 AM
Newnan Times-Herald

Marietta Fire recruitment begins April 1

3/29/2018 10:05:41 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell hiring for 200 summer jobs

3/29/2018 10:02:53 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Staley is glad he moved to West Point

3/26/2018 10:12:35 AM
LaGrange Daily News