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The East AlabamaWorks Story

In the fall of 2015, the Alabama Workforce Council undertook a statewide effort to understand the structure, function, organization and perceptions of the Alabama workforce system. The results showed that Alabama is endowed with plentiful state, educational, business support and other service organizations that provide training, placement and informational resources that could better serve business, industry and the public if they were organized in an effective network and unified under a common vision, mission and brand.

This new and unified system resulted from hundreds of hours of input from workforce and educational professionals, industry leadership, families and students. Thousands of Alabamians participated in-person and online in developing the charter for AlabamaWorks.

AlabamaWorks stands for opportunity, innovation, accountability and inclusion with the vision of a better future for Alabama in which communities, business, and industry are supported in a collaborative process to build prosperity through the opportunity of meaningful work and a growing economy. Our mission is to recruit, train, and empower a highly skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs and to be the competitive advantage for Alabama’s economic growth. Whether you’re an employer, a job seeker or a student, AlabamaWorks is the springboard for your success and promises to provide profitability and economic growth by creating opportunities for success and an improved quality of life for Alabamians.

East AlabamaWorks represents a seven-county region covering Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega. We are led by local businesses and industry leaders and are one of seven regional councils in the state of Alabama. The council is a coalition of leaders in business and industry, education providers and trainers, and municipalities. Providing short-term and long-term solutions for closing the skills gaps is one of our most important goals. Council members work together to maximize workforce efforts throughout the region and to ensure alignment of resources to address local priorities. The mission of East AlabamaWorks is to ensure there is a pipeline of a skilled and ready workforce to meet the demands of business both now and in the future.

East AlabamaWorks Mission Statement

We provide every person with the opportunity and motivation to develop and expand their skills to create a quality workforce and enhance economic prosperity.

East AlabamaWorks Vision Statement

People have discovered their potential and have gained skills to participate in a productive and successful workforce which meets the evolving needs of businesses and community.

East AlabamaWorks Values Statement

Business Driven
Guided by
Forward Thinking

East AlabamaWorks Strategic Plan

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Meet The Staff Team


Lisa Morales

Executive Director

Carl Brady

Workforce Program Manager

Abby Howle

Modern Manufacturing Project Manager

Kayla Bowman

Workforce Program Coordinator

Meet The Board Directors

Jed Lockridge

First Southern State Bank

Board Chair
Cherokee County

Craig Burgess

B.R. Williams Trucking

Board Vice Chair
Calhoun County

Joy Perry

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Board Secretary/Treasurer
Cherokee County

Steve Hildebrant

Dracyon Corporation

Board Member
Etowah County

Christy Knowles

Coosa Valley Medical Center

Board Member
Talladega County

Steven Lines

WM Grocery

Board Member
Randolph County

Tanya Maloney

Main Street Alabama

Board Member
Cleburne County

Steve Marlowe

Alabama Power Company

Board Member
Talladega County

Megan Hurst Smith

Hurst Construction Company

Board Member
Clay County

Cotina Terry

Quality Beverage

Board Member
Randolph County

Jimmie Thompson III

Carillon Oaks

Board Member
Cleburne County

Kelvin Wright

Board Member
Calhoun County

Our Initiatives

  • We monitor the workforce needs of business and industry in the seven county region, then develop/implement practical solutions.

  • Regional job fairs for immediate hiring needs

  • Addressing short term and long term training needs

  • Host Worlds of Work Career Expo

  • Key mechanism in helping to ensure there is an available pipeline of highly trained workers with relevant skills that Alabama companies want and need

Meet our Fiscal Sponsor

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