CSTB President & CEO Accepts Top Labor Position with the City of Atlanta

CareerSource Tampa Bay Announces President & CEO John Flanagan’s Departure

~Flanagan to take a newly created position with the city of Atlanta~


TAMPA, FL – Career Source Tampa Bay (CSTB) announced today that its President & CEO, John Flanagan, will be leaving his position, with his last day at CSTB scheduled for December 1, 2023. Flanagan has accepted a new opportunity with the city of Atlanta.


Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced today, October 23, 2023, that he has appointed John Flanagan as the Commissioner of the newly established Department of Labor and Employment Services.


Flanagan, who has served as the President & CEO of CSTB for the past five years, expressed his pride in the organization’s achievements and the dedication of its staff. Under his leadership, CSTB has evolved from a rebuilding organization to a nationally recognized thought leader in the workforce community.


“I am incredibly honored to work with Atlanta Mayor Dickens as his Commissioner of Labor and Employment Services,” said CSTB President and CEO John Flanagan. “I am excited to implement his bold and equitable vision for reshaping the future of work for the people of Atlanta.”


Flanagan expressed his gratitude to CSTB staff, calling them the driving force behind the organization’s success. “I’m very proud of the work you have done and what you have accomplished. To think of where this organization has gone in five years, you’ve not only made me look good, but you’ve made yourselves look good in the workforce community, and you should be proud of everything you’ve accomplished.”


Flanagan is leaving with a` proven track record, bringing CSTB’s state performance ranking under the REACH ACT to an ‘A,’ making CareerSource Tampa Bay among the top-performing workforce boards in the state.


“John Flanagan arrived at CSTB five years ago and proved to be the right man for the right time in our organization, said Sean Butler, CSTB Board Chairman. “Under his leadership, CSTB has flourished, evolving from a rebuilding entity into a nationally recognized thought leader in the workforce community. His outstanding performance has left the organization in a strong position to continue serving the needs of our regional economy. We are immensely grateful for his dedication and the lasting impact he’s had on CareerSource Tampa Bay.”


In closing, Flanagan emphasized that his time at CareerSource Tampa Bay has been the highlight of his professional life. He expressed his commitment to ensuring a smooth transition and offered his full support to the CSTB staff and leadership team during this period of change.


Hillsborough and Pinellas County staff, along with the CEO’s of each Career Source entity have been meeting jointly to identify the path to effectuate a consolidation of the two workforce boards and agencies. An update on the consolidation process will be provided to the BOCC’s in November.


About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $23,377,669.


CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 97,000 services to 20,000 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2021-22. CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our six career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates. We work closely with all Veterans.


Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services, including recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network, to learn more, visit



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