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Commerce creating new Workforce Development Division to boost recruitment

Alabama’s key workforce development programs are being restructured into a “One Stop Shop” within the Alabama Department of Commerce to facilitate business expansion and streamline economic development efforts.

Following recent action by the state Legislature on guidance by Governor Robert Bentley, Commerce is creating a new Workforce Development Division headed by Ed Castile, the longtime leader of AIDT, the state’s top-ranked job-training agency. Castile will hold the title of Deputy Secretary at Commerce and remain in charge of AIDT.

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield formally announced the initiative to economic development professionals this week at the summer conference of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) in Point Clear.

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