Chamber hires new workforce development director

Jonathan Davis SPECIAL

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced it has hired a Richmond County economic development official for a newly created position to oversee workforce development.

Jonathan Davis, who was most recently existing industry coordinator for the Richmond County Development Authority, which also operates as the Augusta Economic Development Authority, has been named the chamber’s director of workforce initiatives.

The appointment is effective March 20, the chamber said.

The Paine College graduate is the second development authority staffer to leave the organization this month. Last Thursday an Athens, Ga.-based engineering and consulting firm announced it had hired Scott Poag, the development authority’s project manager, as its head of business development.

Last year the chamber and Augusta Magazine named Davis as one of the “Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.”

Davis, who had worked for the authority for four years, will now be responsible for “implementing services, programs and initiatives that support the goal of a prepared and trained workforce meeting the needs of regional business,” the chamber said in a statement.

The chamber said Davis will work closely with its Business Education Advisory Council to carry out strategies to build partnerships between public education and the business community. Davis, a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and an alumnus of Leadership Augusta, also will serve as an “active advocate for championing workforce readiness in the region.”

His previous role with the development authority involved coordinating workforce development programs with area employers, the chamber said.

B. M. Michales 4 months ago
I see one of his qualifications.
Vic mccoy 4 months ago
Ditto
Val White 4 months ago
We can always hope he is not locked into the same mindset of the current closed-minded, we-need-to-get-ours democrats.
Roy Whitley 4 months ago
Richmond county in need of executive-WHITE MEN NEED NOT WASTE YOUR TIME IN APPLYING!!!!
JUSTIN GRAHAM 4 months ago
Roy Whitley keep your idiotic comments TO YOURSELF, No need for this response at all.
John Booth 4 months ago
It's just what they need, more directors, bosses, assistants and the list is endless.  Somebody has got to do the actual work.  All, and I mean all, guvment agencies need to lose some baggage at the top. One office that immediately comes to mind is Queen Janice Allen Jackson's.  That office would be a great place to start.  The extra baggage isn't exclusive to the local government.  All of the State and Federal offices need to be dressed down too.

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