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.