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GOV. KAY IVEY REAPPOINTS CHAMBER’S DONNY JONES TO ALABAMA WORKFORCE COUNCIL
TUSCALOOSA, AL | July 10, 2020 – Governor Kay Ivey has reappointed Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and Executive Director of West Alabama Works, to the Alabama Workforce Council.
Formed in 2015 as an employer-led statewide effort to understand the structure, function, organization and perception of the Alabama workforce system, the Alabama Workforce Council facilitates collaboration between government and industry to help Alabama develop a sustainable, top-notch workforce that is competitive on a global scale. Since its inception, the Council has been committed to analyzing important issues related to workforce development and making sound recommendations that will help to create more and better opportunities for all Alabamians.
As director of West Alabama Works, Jones leads the team that supports the Region 3 Workforce Council. This regional workforce development system supports economic and workforce training activities throughout a nine-county area through both urban and rural outreach programs, and innovative initiatives.
“Donny has been a great asset to our West Alabama community in leading our workforce efforts that are a model for others around the country,” said Bobby Bragg, Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “It’s great to see that Governor Ivey and the state workforce council recognize the West Alabama Works efforts and results, and continue to show confidence in Donny’s agile and effective leadership.”
Chamber President and CEO Jim Page said Jones is an excellent representative to the council. “I am extremely proud of Donny for serving on the Alabama Workforce Council,” Page said. “His passion, creativity and outstanding work ethic are major reasons why we’ve experienced so much workforce development success in Region 3. Donny is a true servant leader and will continue to be an invaluable asset to our state’s emerging efforts to put Alabamians to work.”
“I am honored to serve on the Alabama Workforce Council,” Jones said. “The state of Alabama must be prepared to face future workforce challenges by readying a new generation of skilled workers. The AWC is uniquely positioned to positively impact both workforce and economic development for the entire state of Alabama.”