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​State School Superintendent Richard Woods creates Economic Development Liaison position

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October 20, 2015 – In an effort to continue building relationships with business and industry and provide relevant career education in Georgia’s schools, the State Board of Education last week approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to hire an Economic Development Liaison position at the Georgia Department of Education, within the Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) division.


The new Economic Development Liaison, Richard Goble, brings 30 years of business, education, and military experience to the role. He will create resources for CTAE educators and partners; oversee a Business & Industry Advisory Council for the GaDOE; and work with business and industry representatives, local and state officials, and other stakeholders to strengthen economic development efforts in Georgia.


“It’s essential that our students are prepared to thrive in our changing world,” Superintendent Woods said. “Mr. Goble will help us strengthen our relationships with business and industry so we can provide real and relevant future opportunities for Georgia’s kids.”


Previously, Goble served as General Sales Manager/Finance Manager for Jasper Jeep Chrysler Dodge. Prior to that, he was Director of Business and Industry for Chattahoochee Technical College. He holds a Master of Business Administration from American Public University in West Virginia and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Northwood University in Michigan.


Goble also served as a Sergeant/Munitions Systems Specialist in the United States Air Force from 1985 to 1991.


“Our CTAE mission is to educate Georgia’s future workforce by providing experiences for Georgia students that will prepare them for workplace success,” State CTAE Director Dr. Barbara Wall said. “Our new Economic Development Liaison will work with local CTAE leaders to assist them in connecting with local business leaders in an effort to contribute to the solution of Georgia’s workforce needs.”


This new position is part of the Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce initiative, which aims to increase collaboration between the education and business communities.​