Coastal Workforce Development Board

The Coastal Workforce Development Board is a unique group of private/public community leaders charged with planning and oversight responsibilities for workforce programs and services in the 10-county region. The CWDB brings together leaders from the private sector, public agencies, education, labor and community-based organizations to focus on the regional labor force, regional economy and the local community needs.

Board members are appointed by the local elected officials with a majority of the representation coming from the private sector.

The Board is responsible for creating a 4 year Strategic Plan, implementing and evaluating the regional workforce system and providing oversite to achieve the following goals:

  • Enhance program coordination and service delivery of WorkSource Coastal operations
  • Understand the skill needs of the employers in the region, identify gaps between these needs and current workforce, and to work to close these gaps
  • Ensure a qualified workforce is ready, willing and able to meet the needs of the regional business customer
  • Renew partnerships with regional private sector, education, training and community development partners to maximize integration and impact of services and to eliminate gaps and redundancies in regional workforce development efforts
  • Youth have the academic and job readiness skills required by regional employers
  • Employers have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive

Administrative Entity

WorkSource Coastal, a department in the City of Savannah’s Community & Economic Development Bureau is CWDB’s Administrative Entity and Fiscal Agent. All grants and contracts are entered into with the City of Savannah on behalf of the CWDB.


Board Members

Board Member Name Locality Representing
David Atkins Effingham
Edward Bland Glynn
Fred Tucker Chatham
Lynn Tootle Chatham
Lee Smith Chatham
Rudolph Quarterman Chatham
Fred Hill Bulloch
Paul Teague Chatham
William Stankiewicz Chatham
Brett Petra Chatham
James Johnson Glynn
Genevieve Wynegar McIntosh
Barbra Prosser Effingham
Kathy Love Chatham
Leigh Acevedo Chatham
Earline Davis Chatham
Patti Fort Glynn
Alyce Thornhill Camden
Candace Mims Chatham
Bobby Jones Screven
Chavis Ferguson Chatham
Elise Stafford Long
Steven Sainz Camden
Jason Coley McIntosh
David Floyd Liberty