Labor Commissioner Mark Butler speaks at South Georgia Technical College
Cordele, GA – Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler was the featured speaker at a 2019 employer summit held at the South Georgia Technical College Crisp County Center in Cordele recently. SGTC President Dr. John Watford introduced the Commissioner to the crowd of nearly 60 participants who attended from across Georgia.
This meeting was one of 12 that is being held around the state to highlight a new partnership between Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler called “Employers in the Know.” Commissioner Butler discussed current labor department initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) provides labor market data for economic developers and businesses to make decisions about starting or expanding businesses, and GDOL helps match employers with qualified job seekers as well as job seekers secure jobs and develop their careers.
The meetings also offer the commissioner a chance to meet with employers around the state to share the department’s work and hear back from employers on how they can be better served. “These summits are always a learning experience for the department and me,” said Butler. “We are able to inform businesses directly about programs and regulations that may impact their companies.”
Leadership from the Governor’s Georgians First Commission were also present at the summit. Scott Hamilton, Georgians First Commission Executive Director explained that by working with the Governor and the Department of Labor, “we can make and keep Georgia the number one state for small business, and an even better place to live, work, and operate a business.”
Commissioner Butler discussed current labor department initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. Other speakers included labor law experts who helped explain business policies and actions, GDOL analysts speaking on unemployment insurance, experts who will present “Sexual Harassment for Managers . . . A New Look, GeorgiaBEST@Work” and more.