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State labor commissioner speaks at banquet

Mark Butler, Georgia Labor Commissioner, was the keynote speaker at the Albany ARC Awards Banquet Thursday. Butler promised more help for the ARC, which serves as an advocate for disabled persons.

Mark Butler, Georgia Labor Commissioner, was the keynote speaker at the Albany ARC Awards Banquet Thursday. Butler promised more help for the ARC, which serves as an advocate for disabled persons.

ALBANY, Ga. — Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler was the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual community awards banquet of the Albany Advocacy Resource Center on Thursday.

After telling the crowd of around 200 people at the Hilton Garden Inn that he “didn’t like podiums,” Butler opted instead for a remote microphone to deliver his message, walking in front of and among the group. Butler thanked Albany ARC Executive Director Annette Bowling for her help, leadership and information, calling it “invaluable to the goal of vocational rehabilitation.”

“We have a lot of work in front of us. We have to make some changes,” Butler said. “We have to do more. We have to help more people find jobs. That’s what the Department of Labor is for, and a lot of the solutions are right here in this room.”

Butler promised Albany ARC that they would be given the “help they need.”

“Software, personnel — whatever it might be,” Butler said.

According to Butler, funding is a particularly important area in reaching ARC and Department of Labor goals.