Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2010

Economic development group hosting job fair Wednesday

April 1, 2010

In the most visible example of local economic development efforts, there will be a job fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lodge.

“Peach Madl and Doug Barth are heading up our first-ever job fair at the Lodge,” said Dave Hill, president of the Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation, which is funding the fair. “The goal is to match local employers up with local employees.

“It is our way of trying to keep our local citizens employed,” said Hill.

Anyone looking for employment or wanting to make a career change is encouraged to bring their resume and/or attend the fair and fill out an application. The Lodge is located at 502 Ames and there is no charge for the fair.

Some of the participating employers are: Manpower, Zarco 66, Reece and Nichols Gold Realty, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, MidAmerica Bank, Baker University resume assistance, Lawrence Therapy Services and Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Other employers who would like to attend should contact the Lodge at (785)594-3900.

The job fair isn’t the only economic effort the corporation has been promoting. Along with the city of Baldwin City, it has promoted two weatherization programs which can provide either grants or low-interest loans for home owners and businesses to improve energy efficiency.

“Thanks to the city of Baldwin City promoting these programs, the city and Baker University interns have handed out more than 50 applications for the weatherization programs and this is a great program for so many people in our community,” said Hill. “To learn more about these programs, contact City Clerk Darcy Higgins or myself.”

The corporation has also awarded $1,000 beautification grants this year to American Family Insurance, Dr. Eaton’s dentist clinic and the Lumberyard Arts Center. The group is also busy promoting local businesses in other ways, including a tour of McFarlane Aviation Inc. on April 15

“Baldwin City has several very successful manufacturing businesses in our area who contribute so much to our community in terms of jobs and property-tax base,” he said. “I refer to these people as our ‘silent giants’ in that they are very successful, yet often are tucked away in quiet or even remote areas so that attention is not drawn to them, yet their contribution to our community is significant.”

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