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Apprenticeships Help Power the Florida Workforce

Geographic Solutions has partnered with the apprenticeship program at SPC, which engages in the "earn while you learn" model, helping students find full-time employment at local companies that not only include wages and benefits, but technical instruction through for-credit and non-credit courses. 

Click here to read the full St. Petersburg College News article. 
 

Geographic Solutions Named a Finalist for Tampa Bay Tech’s Project of the Year Award

PALM HARBOR, FL – (November 16, 2022) – Geographic Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of software solutions for workforce development, unemployment insurance, corrections, education, human services, and labor market information, is proud to announce they have been named a finalist for ’Tech Project of the Year’ for the 19th Annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards. 

The nonprofit technology council named 15 finalists in six different award categories, spotlighting local emerging tech leaders and companies who are creating impact and driving change.

Geographic Solutions was named a finalist for one of their most recent and largest projects to date.  In December 2021, the company partnered with the Nebraska Department of Labor to launch unemployment tax functionality within the state’s existing NEworks (neworks.nebraska.gov) system. The newly upgraded NEworks system now includes functionality for labor exchange, labor market information, unemployment benefits, appeals, and tax in one complete solution – solidifying the system as the first and only system of its kind in the country. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Tampa Bay tech community for this project, which could not have been possible without hard work and dedication from our employees,” said Paul Toomey, president and founder of Geographic Solutions. “Through our incredible partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor, employers and job seekers statewide can truly experience the power of one, comprehensive system.” 

The Tampa Bay Tech Awards ceremony will be held at Armature Works in Tampa on November 18, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 

Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Disaster Recovery Updates on Hurricane Ian

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis gave updates on recovery efforts, financial assistance, and numerous resources available to those going through various stages and levels of disaster recovery. The update included information on search and rescue, emergency management, utilities, health and human services, infrastructure, and private sector support, amongst others.
 
As part of his update, Governor DeSantis highlighted the Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida's efforts to mobilize resources from Local Workforce Development Boards and their mission to connect businesses and people impacted by Hurricane Ian with workforce programs. As a way to look for employment opportunities and post disaster-related jobs that can rebuild Florida's communities impacted by Hurricane Ian, Floridians are urged to visit and utilize Florida's Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal at disasterrecovery.employflorida.com.
 
To read more about the update and the portal's numerous resources, visit: https://www.flgov.com/2022/10/11/governor-ron-desantis-issues-updates-on-hurricane-ian-recovery-7/.

 

Deane Toler speaks at the 2022 Workforce Technology Conference

PALM HARBOR, FL – (October 10, 2022) – After two years of virtual conferences, Geographic Solutions recently welcomed workforce development, unemployment insurance, labor market information, human services, and education professionals in person to the 2022 Workforce Technology Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This year’s record-breaking attendance totaled close to 300 attendees, representing 38 states and 109 distinct agencies. In addition to the regular conference schedule, a group of 96 attendees participated in pre-conference training on new features, reporting, and labor market tools in VOS Sapphire.

The 2022 conference marked the largest in terms of attendance – bringing professionals from all across the country and beyond, including as far as Ireland and the Northern Mariana Islands. The 2022 conference agenda featured a variety of general sessions, panel discussions, and at times, up to six breakout tracks at once.

Industry leaders and Geographic Solutions subject matter experts presented on a variety of topics, with a focus on the integration of federal workforce programs. Session topics included unemployment insurance, labor market data, case management, student career solutions, legislative updates, no-touch solutions, reentry employment initiatives, federal reporting, best practices, and more.

In addition, attendees had the chance to network with state and local agencies from around the country, as well as participate in real-time voting and roundtable discussions on the future of the Geographic Solutions' product line. The 2022 conference also welcomed back popular emcee, Rusty Kath, for the fifth year and featured CEO of The Center of Work Ethic Development, Josh Davies, who delivered an inspiring keynote address on embracing change and building a successful workforce.

More details on the 2023 Workforce Technology Conference will be released in the coming months.

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Article first appeared at flgov.com

Recognizing the monumental effort that debris removal will be in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is urging all companies who support debris removal, including those involved in debris hauling, monitoring, and solid-waste management, to hire displaced and employment-seeking Floridians, locally. Many Floridians in Southwest Florida have had their businesses and livelihoods impacted by the storm and are looking for work -- the private sector can help them get back on their feet by hiring locally for the length of recovery, which will support the local economy for at least the next six months.

Read the entire article by visiting flgov.com.

Geographic Solutions' work to Partner Corrections and Workforce Featured in Industry Publication

This article first appeared on Corrections1.com

Reducing recidivism directly benefits society in numerous ways, including increasing safety in our communities, decreasing victimization rates, reducing criminal justice costs and fostering family preservation.

Lack of employment can have a significant impact on an individual’s tendency to re-offend. Studies have shown that unemployment rates are highest for ex-offenders within the first two years of their release and that programs focusing on pro-active, pre-release job placement reduce the likelihood of recidivism, especially among non-violent offenders.

Over the past decade, many justice and labor departments have concluded that partnerships are necessary for bringing the latest job readiness programs and workforce development technology to inmates. These efforts involve a variety of initiatives, including job fairs, job readiness training and soft skills awareness activities.

In recognition of this need, states are making the investment to strengthen the bond between workforce agencies and state and local corrections entities. The staggering costs of incarceration have led to criminal justice reforms across all levels of government. This has resulted in the reduction of inmate populations.

To read the entire article, please visit Corrections1.

Overall, HR professionals, economists, and analysts agree hiring will continue throughout the end of 2022.

Online magazine, The Street, takes stock of the current job market and looks ahead to gauge supply and demand issues. Many employers are hiring, as seen by the dropping unemployment rate. HR professionals state companies are still catching up with the Great Resignation. Phillip Sprehe, Geographic Solutions resident economist, predicts hiring to continue throughout the second half of 2022 despite fears of an economic recession and rising interest rates.

Read Ellen Chang's original article on www.thestreet.com.

Geographic Solutions’ 2022 Workforce Technology Conference Will Reconvene in Clearwater Beach, FL

PALM HARBOR, FL (April 20, 2022) – Geographic Solutions is pleased to announce the reconvening of the annual Workforce Technology Conference (WTC) in Clearwater Beach, FL from October 4-6, 2022. Optional pre-conference training will be offered on October 3, 2022. The 2022 WTC will showcase the latest software solutions offered by the company to promote wide-ranging economic recovery nationwide. 

The 2022 WTC is directed at workforce development staff, administrators, case managers, corrections professionals, unemployment insurance professionals, higher education administrators and educators, career counselors, and labor market information specialists from around the country. This event focuses on solutions we’ve developed to overcome the challenges often faced by these specialists. The 2022 WTC provides an exclusive opportunity to hear from experts and industry leaders while affording an opportunity to come together for learning, sharing best practices, and networking. 

This year’s conference agenda will be packed with exciting, educational, and dynamic content. Showcasing over 85 industry and subject matter expert speakers, the agenda will offer hands-on system demonstrations, panel discussions, and think-tank sessions. Social mixers during and after the breakout sessions are curated to expand your professional network.

The 2022 WTC is an excellent opportunity for professionals to come together to explore the latest functionality offered with VOS Sapphire 21, Virtual LMI®, Virtual Career Center (VCC), VOS Reentry Employment Opportunities (VOS REO), the Geographic Solutions Unemployment System® (GUS), and the Reemployment Exchange® (REX).
 

Nebraska Department Of Labor’s NEworks Launches Unemployment Insurance Tax Functionality – Becoming The First And Only Fully Integrated System In The Country

LINCOLN, NE/PALM HARBOR, FL – (February 2, 2022) Geographic Solutions, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor, is proud to announce the incorporation of tax functionality within the state’s workforce and unemployment insurance benefits system, NEworks. The tax functionality, which launched on Dec. 6, 2021, complements the site’s existing labor exchange, labor market information, unemployment insurance benefits, and appeals. NEworks, with the addition of tax functionality, is the first and only system of its kind in the country. 

“The launch of unemployment insurance tax functions in NEworks is another example of Nebraska leading the way with state government becoming more efficient,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.  “Our state’s job creators will benefit from having one primary platform where they interact with the Department of Labor rather than navigating multiple websites and systems.”

A key benefit of having all this functionality contained in one website is that it automatically matches individuals with jobs that they are qualified for as soon as they place a claim for unemployment. Nebraska now has a comprehensive benefits system for employers and jobs seekers – from claimant application, through the appeals process, and every step in between. The goal is to get the unemployed back to work quickly with quality jobs, and NEworks is a very effective way to accomplish this.
 

Geographic Solutions Announces Hire of Customer Engagement Specialist

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – (January 27, 2022) – Geographic Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of software solutions for workforce development, unemployment insurance, and labor market information, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Bob Birge as Customer Engagement Specialist.

In this role, Birge will focus on working with Geographic Solutions’ customers to better understand their evolving business needs, help them maximize their return on investment, share best practices, and obtain user feedback to guide future development efforts.

“We are honored and excited to welcome Bob to our team,” said Deane Toler, Director of Sales and Marketing for Geographic Solutions. “His experience with state-level workforce gives him a unique perspective on the day-to-day use of our software, the needs of our clients, and how our software can be leveraged for future opportunities and improved levels of efficiency.”

Most recently, Birge was the Chief Communications Officer for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development where he was responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing initiatives. He also served as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing Officer for Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing for the regional airline, whose clients included American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

Birge earned a B.A. in Motion Picture/Television from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the National Association of Workforce State Agencies Association (NASWA), a Past President of the Indianapolis Public Relations Society, and a Past President of the Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter.