Georgia Skilled Trades

About Go Build

The Go Build campaign is designed to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the skilled trade industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled tradesman. Through this public awareness effort, public relations and social media campaign, Go Build aims to provide better opportunities for craft tradesmen, more highly skilled employees for businesses and enhanced economic development for Georgia and the nation.

About The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development

The Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) was created to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and drive future economic growth for the state. GOWD was established to implement state workforce development policy as directed by the Governor and to serve as staff to the Georgia Workforce Investment Board.

GOWD works with macro-level workforce and employment issues to help Georgia be competitive economically in the southeast, the nation and across the world. Our office believes in the importance of soft-skill education for career success.

Go Build Georgia Foundation

The Go Build Georgia Foundation is the private arm of the public/private partnership of the Go Build Georgia program undertaken by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. The Foundation was established to support the Go Build Georgia program by rolling out an educational campaign using television, print, online, social media outlets and promotional events. The end goal is to educate students and the workforce about the program and drive them to the Go Build Georgia website where they can learn about opportunities in the skilled trades.

The Foundation Board

Craig Camuso, CSX Transportation

Craig is the Regional Vice President of State Government Affairs for CSX Transportation, the largest Class I railroad east of the Mississippi River, overseeing the company’s government relations and public affairs activities in a seven-state region. Craig resides in Lawrenceville.

Jay Cunningham, Superior Plumbing

Jay Cunningham started Superior Plumbing from his garage in 1988. Today, it employs 73 people and offers plumbing and septic services in more than 25 counties. In 2011, Cunningham established a vocational construction program at North Cobb High School called “Ready to Work." The program provides training for high school students who have the potential to be successful in highly skilled positions in the construction industry. Cunningham serves on the Cobb Schools Foundation, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, and Must Ministries.

Randy W. Hatcher, MAU Workforce Solutions

Randy serves as President at MAU and has worked at this family-owned business, founded by his father, since graduating from college. MAU is one of the largest independently owned staffing firms in North America. Randy resides in Augusta.

Henry Kelly, Georgia Power Company

Henry currently works as Project Executive for Georgia Power Company where he began his career thirty years ago. During his time at Georgia Power, he has served as Supervisor of Financial Reporting, Region Comptroller, Customer Service Manager, Assistant to the Region Manager, Regulatory Affairs Representative, and Marketing Regulatory Affairs Manager. Henry resides in Atlanta.

John Patterson, JCB Inc.

Chairman and CEO of JCB Inc., John joined the company in 1971 and rose to Worldwide CEO, overseeing global operations for the world’s largest privately owned construction equipment company. John’s appointment as Chairman and CEO of JCB, Inc. underscores the company’s commitment to the North American market. John resides in Savannah.

A. Paul Wood, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation

Paul serves as President and CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC), which represents Georgia's 41 Electric Membership Corporations providing services to more than 5 million residents and businesses in Georgia. Paul resides in Atlanta.