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Our Initiatives

The Central AlabamaWorks Story

Central AlabamaWorks! is a non-profit organization established to work throughout Region 5, a thirteen-county workforce region in Central Alabama including the following counties: Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, and Tallapoosa. Our Council is business-driven, business-led, and comprised of 26 voting members, as well as leaders from education, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, non-profits, and state and local government agencies who meet quarterly.  A 13-member Board of Directors meets monthly to govern the Council.

Sixty-five percent of the Central AlabamaWorks! voting membership represents business and industry within the region. Representation is geographically diverse as well as industry diverse. Council members participate on Council committees and/or with our industry partnerships (healthcare; manufacturing; transportation, distribution, and logistics; agriculture; hospitality, tourism, and recreation; and construction), which were chosen because of the high demand of these industries in Region 5. Council committees and industry partnerships meet as needed.

We bring industry, jobseekers, students, and service providers together to find solutions for workforce needs!

The VISION of Central AlabamaWorks! is to supply business and industry with a high quality, qualified workforce

The MISSION of Central AlabamaWorks! is to facilitate a system that provides business and industry with job seekers and students who have received the education and training that aligns with their needs throughout the region.

Meet Our Team

Mikki Ruttan
Mikki RuttanExecutive Director
Lisa Gaither
Lisa GaitherProject Manager
Janet Ormond
Janet OrmondChair, Central AlabamaWorks!
Representing Russell County
Ormond Workforce Solutions
M. Wayne Vardaman
M. Wayne VardamanVice-Chair, Central AlabamaWorks!
Representing Dallas County
Selma-Dallas County Economic Development Authority
Karen Gresham
Karen GreshamSecretary, Central AlabamaWorks!
Representing Lee County
East Alabama Medical Center
Sheron Rose
Sheron RoseTreasurer, Central AlabamaWorks!
Representing Montgomery County
Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
Connie Bainbridge
Connie BainbridgeBoard Member
Representing Autauga County
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative
800.545.5735 ext. 2151
Ashley Brooks Kelser, PHR
Ashley Brooks Kelser, PHRBoard Member
Representing Elmore County
Neptune Technology
Aubrey Carter
Aubrey CarterBoard Member
Representing Perry County
Alabama Power Company
Don McClellan
Don McClellanBoard Member
Representing Tallapoosa County
Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance
Cleve Poole
Cleve PooleBoard Member
Representing Lowndes County
Pioneer Electric Cooperative
Pebblin W Warren
Pebblin W WarrenBoard Member
Representing Macon County
State of Alabama House of Representatives
Ron Stiver
Ron StiverBoard Member
Representing Coosa County
Wellington Industries
Kimberly Fuller Carter
Kimberly Fuller CarterBoard Member
Representing Chambers County
Chamber County Development Authority
Hawthorne Reed
Hawthorne ReedBoard Member
Representing Bullock County
Bullock County Hospital
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Our Initiatives

Central AlabamaWorks! to develop strategic alliances by building and expanding effective industry partnerships.

Central AlabamaWorks! to impact our systems of education and training by aligning resources with employers’ workforce needs, then connecting those job seekers and the underemployed to these career opportunities.

Central AlabamaWorks! to promote awareness of career opportunities in Region 5 and the associated skills required to secure a career in each field.