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Medline Industries Honored by the Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board

Author: Douglas County Economic Development

DECEMBER 5, 2017 (Lithia Springs, Georgia) – The Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board honored Medline Industries as the Business Services Company of 2017 at their Annual Honoree Luncheon. Medline was recognized for their partnership with WorkSource Atlanta Regional and for receiving more than $30,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to help offset training initiatives at their Douglas County manufacturing plant.

Medline, a fast-growing healthcare products company, was preparing to hire and train more than 100 new employees at its Douglas County location. It was a task that loomed large for Medline Human Resources Director Maurice Evans. He learned about the WIOA training programs from Lucius McRunnels of the Atlanta Regional Commission and after taking Mr. McRunnels of a tour of the facility and discussing the needs of Medline, it became clear partnering with WorkSource Atlanta Regional would help meet the staffing challenges.
The savings realized through the company’s partnership was recognized by Medline’s division president who was able to apply the cost savings towards the creation of a new training manager position at the Douglas County location.

The Douglas County Economic Development Authority partners with WorkSource Atlanta Regional to inform job seekers and employers of the resources available to them and to host job fairs throughout the year for Douglas County residents and employers.

To learn more about WIOA training programs and WorkSource Atlanta Regional please visit

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The Douglas County Economic Development Authority is an independent agency charged with economic development for Douglas County including the City of Douglasville and the sections of the cities of Austell and Villa Rica within Douglas County. Our goals are to increase and diversify the local tax base, increase the number of quality jobs, and improve quality of life through increased economic opportunity.

The Atlanta Regional Workforce Development Board (ARWDB) is responsible for providing policy guidance for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Service Area 7, representing Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. The board works to increase the Atlanta region’s competitiveness in the global economy by providing metro Atlanta employers with a highly trained workforce and robust labor market services. The board also seeks to maximize economic development opportunities for the Atlanta Region and to ensure that residents have access to high-quality labor market information and quality training and employment services.