The federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was signed into law in August 1998, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2000. The Governor designated the Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) as the state agency responsible for implementation of WIA in December 2011. The Governor also appointed the State Workforce Investment Board to help plan and develop Georgia's overall workforce system. The State Workforce Investment Board is comprised of several committees for Youth, Dislocated Worker, Adult, Executive Committee and Local WIA Guidance.
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The state of Georgia is a Right to Work state. In developing a comprehensive employer and employee linked workforce system, the state of Georgia’s workforce development efforts are labor neutral. In accordance with WIA SEC. 181 (b)(7).