Welcome to the official website of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (SWGA WIB), doing business as Southwest Georgia Workforce 44 (Workforce 44).


SWGA WIB is the workforce investment board led by business and government leaders and charged with overseeing the area's workforce system. Its mission is to develop a workforce system in Southwest Georgia that encourages and sustains economic growth.


Workforce 44 staff provides employment training and workforce services including career counseling, job search assistance, referral to partner agencies, placement assistance, and necessary training to the area's job seekers and employers. More can be found by linking to our Services page.


Charles Williams

Executive Director

Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board

Southwest Georgia Workforce 44


44 incorporated cities - 14 counties - 1 area





Not just a tag line. The mission of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board of Directors is to create a workforce system in Southwest Georgia that encourages and sustains economic growth. A tall order for a region that spans from Early to Colquitt counties on its West and East perimeters and Lee and Thomas counties from North to South. The Southwest Georgia area has a population of 356,433 based on 2010 U.S. Census data. Additional area data can be found at: http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/Profiles/wia/wia17.pdf


The Board of Directors  are laser focused on creating this seamless and regional system mainly because of the impact the recent economic recession has created, the resulting high unemployment rate, the depressed quality of life for many citizens, business stagnation and closures. These conditions are not contained within county lines. The "1 area" concept is the philosophy that the system stakeholders are determine to maintain as programs and strategies are developed to serve as an active ingredient in an un-leavened economy.



CEOO Designates WIA Grant Sub Recipient/Fiscal Agent


The Chief Local Elected Official and the Chief Elected Officials Organization of the Southwest Georgia  Workforce Investment Area 17 held a meeting on October 25, 2012 and designated the City of Colquitt, Georgia as the Workforce Investment Act grant sub recipient/fiscal agent for the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board effective January 1, 2013. This designation is based on the authority given by Section 118 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In addition to the criteria set by the Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development regarding the definition of "fiscal agent".

FMLA Employee Guide

Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - Family and Medical Leave Act Employee Guide

As part of the Department’s continuing effort to spread the word about the FMLA and make the FMLA more accessible, WHD is releasing an Employee Guide to the FMLA, a 16-page, plain language booklet designed to answer common FMLA questions and clarify who can take FMLA leave and what protections the FMLA provides.



Do you already know the type of job in which you are interested? If not, will you know it when you see it? Or are you not really sure at all? Let us help you! My Next Move is specifically designed to help you determine the right career for you, and to help you find a job that you will enjoy.


My Next Move is created for the U.S. Department of Labor,  Employment & Training Administration,
by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Workforce Investment Act is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program



It is against the law for theWorkforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Department of Labor or the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board to discriminate against any individual in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), on the basis of the beneficiary's citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or his or her participation in any WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity. Additionally, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

75 West Broad Street P.O. Box 647, Camilla, GA 31730 (229)-336-2378 Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth Counties.