Nearly 80 Job Seekers Attend Job Fair

The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County (IDA) announced today a successful job fair held Thursday, April 14th at the Pennington Gap Community Center. Nearly 80 job seekers from across the region attended the event and met with 20 employers and state agencies. The event was co-sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board and the Virginia Employment Commission.

“We had a good steady crowd all morning and are very pleased with the turnout; one of our missions is to do everything we can do to help job seekers find employment,” stated Michael James, IDA Director. “We want to thank the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board, of which I am a member, for co-sponsoring the event. We also want to thank the Town of Pennington Gap and Community Center Manager Tony Lawson for their assistance. I also thank the James family for providing all the soft drinks and bottled water,” James continued.

“We host job fairs all over the region and are proud to work with the IDA of Lee County today on this event,” stated Vincent Ringrose and Stephen Mullins of the Virginia Employment Commission. “We were able to register many new job seekers to help us match them with employers.”

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.

About the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board: Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board offers re-employment and training programs designed to assist adults, dislocated workers and youth to enter into high-demand occupations and to gain livable wages within their geographical areas.

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