WorkSource Coastal hosted a job fair for the hospitality industry and manufacturers in King Island.
Now, the group is looking for local businesses that could benefit from some extra help to hire and retain skilled workers.
Charisse Lee, program manager for Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties, told board members at a King Island Development Authority meeting on Tuesday that the help is being offered free of charge to job seekers and employers. Employers can earn up to 50% of the cost of on-the-job training through this program.
“We don’t have any businesses in Greene County that we work with,” Lee said. “We’re trying to focus on Greene County. I want every business in Greene County to (participate).”
Authority board members also unanimously approved a PaR Marine inducement resolution pending legal review to support the company’s efforts to expand its footprint. They approved a tax cut plan that would allow the company to undertake a $30 million expansion that would bring 50 new jobs.
The board unanimously approved the GRAD project for Brunswick’s King Island Airport, which Airport Authority Director Robb Burr said would make the 300-acre site ready for development.
Authority President and CEO Ryan Moore said project activity in Greene County remains high. An event honoring Gold Island’s manufacturing industry will be held in October. 16 Silver Bluff Brewery in Brunswick.
“It’s a casual way of thanking employers for what they’ve done for our community,” Moore said.
King Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Staffans III gave a briefing on the Washington, D.C. flight, where local business leaders and elected officials met with members of Congress representing the region and state.
“Overall, it was a nice, down-to-earth trip,” Staffans said.
Authority chairman Bill Austin said one of the big takeaways from the trip was learning that most of the computer chips needed for electronics and cars are made overseas, which he said was a concern. But he thought the trip was worth it.
“I think it’s very well organized,” he said. “well-done.”