LIMA — Keynote speakers Tony Daley, Greg Myers and Doug Arthur discussed the importance of getting youth and outside talent connected to jobs in the region during Real American Sunrise Friday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
One way Daley, of Spallinger Millwright, gets youth connected to jobs in the area is by partnering with vocational schools in the region. Daley is apart of Apollo Career Center’s welding and fabrication program committee.
“There is a waiting line to get into their welding and fabrication program at Apollo, so you know that there is definitely an interest in this field,” said Daley.
Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council has been working to recruit individuals into the area and retain local talent through web tools like hometownopportunity.com, said Myers, executive director of the council.
Hometownopportunity.com is a project that began with Mercer, Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties to showcase the job opportunities that are available in the region.
“We are trying to connect these excellent jobs to people who are looking for work by targeted media posts to drive people in across the state,” Myers said.
The Wapakoneta council is currently working on a new web tool called Wapakoneta Quality of Life, which will also promote the region and recruit employers and talent to Auglaize for employment opportunities.
LinkLima/Allen County Program Director Doug Arthur said Makerfest, a three-day event, is instrumental in connecting youth in the region with employers in manufacturing, health care, service industries and skilled trades. The event will be Oct. 18-20 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“As the greater Lima region, we are competing every time we try to get a worker or employer to consider to move here,” said Arthur. “An asset like Makerfest gives the community an opportunity to celebrate the greater Lima region. This is a way for small and large businesses to engage with potential and current workforce and cause that impossible hiring that everyone is trying to do happen.”
Arthur encourages community members to get involved with Makerfest as a way to better promote employment in the region.
“The answer to, ‘How do you use this opportunity to grow workforce?’ is to get involved,” said Arthur. “You can read about it on the web, social media and on TV, but the real a-ha moment is when a young person is standing across the room with someone that says to them, ‘I think you might want to explore working with us.’”
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