IDA Job Fair Press Release

The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County (IDA) announced today that over 150 people attended yesterday’s job fair held at the Pennington Gap Community Center. 17 employers and 3 state agencies met with the huge crowd of job seekers at the event co-sponsored by the IDA and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
“We had folks lined up out the door and down Morgan Avenue by 9:30 (30 minutes prior to the start time). It was an amazing turnout. I couldn’t be more proud of the hard-working folks of Lee County with their support of this event,” stated Michael James, IDA Director.
“This is the largest job fair we have seen in quite some time. We are very impressed with the turnout. We remind everyone who attended, and also those who were unable to attend, to update their profiles on the Virginia Employment Commission website ( regularly so we can match your skills to all of our available positions from employers across the region,” added Vincent Ringrose, Manager of the VEC regional office in Norton.
“The IDA are proud to have coordinated today’s event,” James continued. “We appreciate the assistance from the Town of Pennington Gap, for use of the Community Center, to Lee Theater Manager Tony Lawson for his assistance with the facility and to the representatives from the 17 companies who got a first-hand look at the quantity and quality of the Lee County workforce. Several companies ran out of job applications and had to call for reinforcements from their colleagues back at the office. That is a good problem to have. In addition, two additional companies called me during the event. They heard about the large turnout and asked to be included in our next job fair.”
The IDA will be hosting additional job fairs in the coming months.
About the Industrial Development Authority of Lee County: The mission of the IDA of Lee County is to promote and facilitate economic growth and development in Lee County by recruiting manufacturing, industrial and commercial enterprises to locate or remain in Lee County, promote entrepreneurism and to enhance the economic well being of the citizens of Lee County. Michael James has been Director of the Authority since May, 2011.

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