Innovating Georgia’s Workforce Pipeline Conference

Innovating Georgia's Workforce Pipeline Conference


Join us for the one-and-a-half-day conference to learn about the innovative ways Georgia is approaching talent development and building the workforce pipeline.

Dates, Location, Cost, and Registration

Tuesday, November 1

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Attendee Conference Registration: $175 per person

Who Should Come?

This conference will have sessions for just about everyone who is involved in workforce development in one way or another. Economic developers, chamber leaders and members, K-12 and post-secondary educators, CTAE representatives, business representatives, industry leaders, and more will all find sessions that interest them. Sessions will work to connect these groups and create networking opportunities among the groups in addition to learning best practices, replicating various workforce development strategies in a community, and learning about the innovative ways Georgia is approaching workforce development.

Conference Information

  • The Innovating Georgia’s Workforce Pipeline Conference will bring together partners in workforce development, education, business and economic development to learn about promising practices and emerging ideas to build our state’s talent pipeline.

  • Attendees will explore strategies for supporting youth as they transition from education to career. Attendees will hear from national and state innovators, gain additional insights and resources and network with new partners.


Breakout session topics include:

  • Leveraging Apprenticeships for Workforce Solutions will focus on how Georgia’s business and industry leaders can engage with young adults and job seekers who want better job training and career opportunities. This session will provide strategies and ideas for business owners in establishing their own apprenticeship programs as well as how to make these apprenticeships fit into their workforce needs.
  • Hiring and Retaining Workers with Disabilities will inform business leaders and nonprofit partners how to hire, train, and retain Georgians with disabilities. This session is designed to ensure that industries are equipped with the proper know-how and resources to develop solutions that work for both disabled Georgians and businesses seeking new, qualified employees.
  • BeProBeProud will present a cutting-edge opportunity for Georgians to test a variety of good-paying, fast-growing professions through a high-quality experiential experience. The BeProBeProud team and their state-of-the-art mobile workshop will be on-site to allow participants to experience this workforce development asset and learn how to utilize it in their community’s workforce development efforts.
  • Innovative and Agile Strategies to Recruit and Retain will provide timely information as many of Georgia’s businesses deal with increased turnover and a lack of candidates available for new jobs. This session will provide strategies and resources to help Georgia businesses find—and keep—qualified employees.
  • Collaborative Partnerships for Education Equity: Building the Workforce of the Future will offer a panel-style presentation around increasing equity in education and workforce opportunities. This extended session will feature leaders in several organizations that work to improve the environment of the workplace by increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the leaders will discuss how to effectively create partnerships to do so.
  • Georgia’s Changing Demographics and Their Impact on Georgia’s Workforcewill connect the dots between the state’s demographics and workforce development utilizing relevant data on the state's population, including labor force statistics, employment, wages, projections, and industry data. This session will inform participants of the future of Georgia’s workforce based on population projections at both the state and regional level.

  • Attracting Talent Through Vibrant Communities will emphasize the influence that community can have on attracting and retaining residents and a strong workforce. This session will give attendees ideas for simple quality-of-life improvements and community beautification and will offer tips for successfully branding a community.

  • Workforce Solutions Through WIOA: Leveraging Federal Programs for Local Successwill focus on the best ways to utilize funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to create more job opportunities and support programs to prepare future workers. This session will include strategies for using WIOA to bolster youth development and support more quality work-based training as well as how to improve the local workforce development systems.

More session topics and speakers will be announced soon.


For your convenience, blocks of rooms are being held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, and Springhill Suites. Lodging is limited, so please book early! The last day to reserve a room within the block is October 1, 2022.

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602 | 706.542.2134
Guests can reserve a room by calling 706.542.2134 and using group code 94539A.
Reserve a room online by clicking here.


Hilton Garden Inn
390 East Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601 | 706.353.6800
Reserve a room online by clicking here.


Springhill Suites
220 South Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605 | 706.850.2072
Reserve a room online by clicking here.

Thank you to our event sponsors!


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Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association

Electric Cities of Georgia

Georgia Association of Manufacturers

Goodwill of North Georgia

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*Confirmed sponsors as of 8/19/22