Job fair slated for Feb. 3 in Greencastle

January 23, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A job fair scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, will feature 60 employers and human-service providers.

State Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said organizers had “a tremendous outpouring of support from the business community” when filling vendor spaces.

“I think businesses are hiring,” he said.

The fair is being hosted by Alloway, the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. and PA CareerLink of Franklin County at Green Grove Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re looking at (having) 48 employers. I personally think that says something about the state of the economy, that employers are hiring,” said Derrick A. Donnell, administrator for Franklin County’s PA CareerLink office.

Alloway said he tries to focus much of his work on creating economic opportunities.

“I wanted to do something to help the community,” he said of the job fair.

A list of vendors shows blue-collar and white-collar employers, including banks, manufacturers and health care providers.

“I want 1,000 people. That’s my goal,” Alloway said.

The facility off Pa. 16 is handicapped-accessible, Donnell said.

The human-service providers will have information about state and local resources, Alloway said.

“This is something I think I want to make an annual thing if it goes well,” he said.

The job fair should appeal to the unemployed and underemployed, regardless of what county they are from, Alloway said.

“I think if you’re unemployed or underemployed, you should come to this job fair,” Donnell said.

“We view our economic development as a corridor, the I-81 corridor ranging from Carlisle (Pa.) to Winchester, Va.,” Alloway said.

Job seekers should be prepared to submit resumes and submit applications at the fair, Alloway and Donnell said.

If you go ...

What: “Here to Help” Job Fair

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3

Where: Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa.

For more information, call 717-264-6100.

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