Richmond County Job Training Authority still exists for now

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Hundreds who receive social services through the Richmond County Job Training Authority will continue to get those benefits -- at least for now.

More than 100 college students, thousands of unemployed workers and about a dozen employees could've lost their funding stream if the Regional Commission and the board hadn't come to an agreement on Wednesday.

This affects people in Richmond and Burke counties. Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill last year changing the way the program operates.

A rep from the governor's office admitted to News 12 that counties all over the state -- not just ours -- are having a difficult time making the transition.

Both sides met and put together a temporary agreement.

"We have people in Burke County receiving funds from the program. We have people lots of people in Richmond County. It could be devastating not to have it here. Hopefully, we will get this settled," said Waynesboro Mayor Pauline Jenkins.

"This is the first time this has been done. We are treading new ground. This is the type of thing that can be done to make things run more smoothly," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

The group will meet again in two weeks and try and finalize a contract for next year.


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