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Community Revitalization Job and Resource Fair

Community Challenge/Problem

Getting information to job seekers about current opportunities for training and employment in growth industries such as manufacturing is extremely difficult. Employers, training providers and workforce development must work together to get the message out successfully. Since priorities can be very different for each entity, the Denver Office of Economic Development has tried new ways of working together over the last year.

Board Solution/Innovation

The Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Development Business Services Unit, in partnership with Geotech and the office of Councilwoman Judy Montero, organized a Job and Resource Fair. The event was inspired by the community revitalization work taking place during Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which took place the week of October 6-11 in the Globeville community.

The event was held at Geotech, a manufacturer located in the community and a strong OED partner. Councilwoman Judy Montero and her staff provided support in coordinating this event. What made the event unique was that the resource availability for the job seekers went far beyond the normal job fair materials.

Outcomes & Results

Seventeen employers and eleven resource agencies were present at the Job and Resource Fair. Frito Lay, FedEx, Comcast, Pepsi, and Denver Public Schools are a few of the businesses that attended. Some examples of resource providers that participated include Habitat for Humanity, Emily Griffith Technical College, Empowered, and Denver Workforce. 130 job seekers attended the event. The feedback from the employers was overwhelmingly positive. Representatives from the businesses were able to collect applications and resumes from qualified applicants, and many of them were able to fill their open positions. Job seekers that attended also had the opportunity to meet with and learn about resources that are available to them in their community.

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