Workforce Development

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Governor Riley signed an executive order today to consolidate the state's work force development programs. Riley says Alabama has seven agencies involved in training workers. The consolidation is expected to reduce duplication and save money. The governor says there will be no layoffs, but he expects attrition will reduce employees over the next couple of years.

Riley picked Enterprise Mayor Tim Alford to head the new Office of Workforce Development. Alford says he's resigning as mayor to take the 125-thousand-dollar-a-year state job.

Riley's consolidation order affects the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Department of Children's Affairs, the Department of Education, and the Alabama Postsecondary Education System.