ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor will host the Georgia Jobs Summit on Monday, Jan. 18, in Atlanta. The theme of the Summit is Shaping Georgia’s Economic Destiny. The Jobs Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center at 800 Spring St. It is open to the public at no charge.

“This bipartisan gathering will work to develop a comprehensive strategy to spur private sector job creation and hiring in Georgia,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. “The Georgia Jobs Summit is a call to action for citizens to exchange ideas and strategies that will help stimulate the state’s job market.”

The agenda will address Five Critical Questions:

• Who are Georgia’s discouraged, unemployed and underemployed workers?
• How can existing federal, state, local and non-profit resources be strategically matched to specific demographic groups to stimulate private sector job creation and hiring?
• How do the shifting demographics of Georgia’s discouraged, unemployed and underemployed citizens impact state policy and the delivery of employment, training and educational opportunities?
• How can existing training and education opportunities be enhanced to help discouraged, unemployed and underemployed Georgians become more competitive in the job market?
• How can federal income support programs (i.e. unemployment insurance, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, TANF, food stamps, and earned income tax credits) be redeployed to help discouraged, unemployed and underemployed workers as they acquire new skills, qualifications and jobs?

Thurmond added, “By working together, we can jumpstart Georgia’s economic recovery.”

Those interested in participating in, or gaining additional information about, the Georgia Jobs Summit may visit www.dol.state.ga.us or email inquiries to gaworks@dol.state.ga.us. Telephone operators are available at 1-877-WORKS09 (1-877-967-5709).

Those planning to attend should RSVP to gaworks@dol.state.ga.us or call 1-877-WORKS09 (1-877-967-5709).