The organization wants to help local businesses

October 5—WorkSource Coastal hosted career fairs in the Golden Isles for the hospitality industry and manufacturers.

Today, the organization is looking for local businesses that could benefit from additional assistance in hiring and retaining skilled workers.

Charisse Lee, program manager for Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties, told council members at Tuesday’s meeting of the Golden Isles Development Authority that help is available free of charge to job seekers and employers. Employers can get up to 50% of on-the-job training fees paid under the program.

“We don’t have any businesses partnered with us in Glynn County,” Lee said. “We’re trying to focus on Glynn County. I want all businesses in Glynn County (to participate).”

Authority board members also unanimously approved a PaR Marine incentive resolution, pending legal review, supporting the company’s efforts to expand its footprint. They approved a tax abatement program that will allow the company to complete the $30 million expansion that will create 50 new jobs.

The Board of Directors has unanimously approved engineering GRAD at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport which Airport Authority Director Bob Burr says will make the 300-acre site ready for development.

Ryan Moore, president and CEO of the authority, said project activity remains high in Glynn County. An event to show appreciation for the manufacturing industry in the Golden Isles will be held Oct. 16 at Silver Bluff Brewery in Brunswick.

“It’s a casual way to thank employers for what they do for our community,” Moore said.

Ralph Staffins III, President and CEO of the Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, gave a brief presentation on the Washington D.C. fly-in where local business leaders and elected officials met with members of Congress who represent region and state.

“Overall it was a good, solid trip,” Staffins said.

Bill Austin, the authority’s chairman, said one of the big takeaways from the trip is learning that the majority of the computer chips needed for electronics and vehicles are made overseas, which he says. him, is a concern. But he thinks the trip was time well spent.

“I think it was extremely well organized,” he said. “It was very well done.”

Virginia S. Braud