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TAG Collaborates with Georgia and Tennessee on Paychecks for Patriots


Veterans Career Expo to take place in five locations including Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Warner Robins and Metro Atlanta.


ATLANTA- (September 11, 2013) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s  Economic Development Administration, announced today that it is  collaborating with the Georgia Department of Labor and the Tennessee Department of Labor on Paychecks for Patriots events which willbe held across Georgia on Oct. 17.


Paychecks for Patriots is a veterans-focused career expo event and is part of Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s initiative to address the employment needs of service men and women. Nearly 80,000 veterans are expected return home to Georgia over the next four years, and the Georgia Department of Labor is teaming with the Tennessee Department of Labor to help connect these veterans with available jobs in their home communities.

"Veterans are our number one priority at the Georgia Department of Labor," said Commissioner Butler. "It is our obligation to find these men and women who have sacrificed  for our freedom a place in the workforce and we are committed to giving them the highest level of dedication and commitment. The Georgia Labor Department is happy to be coordinating with Tennessee and other agencies on this great project."


In Georgia, the event will take place in five locations including Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Warner Robins and Metro Atlanta. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services is also joining efforts with GDOL at the Savannah event.


In addition to the Career Expo, the GDOL Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) will offer workshops for veterans prior to the Oct 17 event. The workshops will include resume writing assistance, how to successfully work a Career Expo, as well as interviewing and networking skills. Veterans receive priority service throughout Georgia’s Career Centers, where veteran representatives are available to assist them in their job search.


"TAG is working diligently to help technology companies locate and connect the best and brightest candidates in the field.  We feel that many of our returning soldiers would be a perfect fit for building Georgia's Technology future.  At a time when soldiers are looking for their next destination, we want to make sure they know all that Georgia has to offer in the way of opportunities and success,” said Tino Mantella, President, Technology Association of Georgia.


Dollar General is a leading driver in Paychecks for Patriots in both Georgia and Tennessee, and is working to bring other national corporations to Career Expos in both states to help make the connection with veterans. There will also be many local businesses participating at each of the expos. Both states are also collaborating with a number of private employers in an effort to provide employment opportunities for veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and their spouses.



 About the Georgia Department of Labor

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is focused on transitioning unemployed and underemployed individuals into the workplace by matching employers with the most qualified applicants for their needs.  The GDOL provides employers with a wealth of knowledge about the current state of the Georgia workforce and the abilities and location of those available to fill positions. Commissioner Mark Butler has made it his priority to insure those that are transitioning from a career in the military to a career in the private sector are being afforded all the resources the GDOL has to offer due to their voluntary service to this nation.


For more information visit the GDOL website at or the GDOL Facebook page at



About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 21,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 33 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.


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