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April 11, 2011
Job Fair Connects Over 80 Employers with Delaware Job Seekers
Governor Thanks Senator Chris Coons for Job Fair, Leveraging Federal, State Resources to Make Local Impact
State Volunteers and Staff Ready to Step in Had Federal Government Shut Down
Wilmington, DE – The 80 employers and academic institutions who came to the Riverfront ready to hire will find in Delaware’s workforce real talent ready to make a difference for their companies or schools, Governor Jack Markell said to several hundred job seekers today.
“We are committed each day to telling to potential employers the compelling story of our great state. It’s encouraging to see so many employers come willing to hire and willing to listen to the compelling stories and compelling talents of individuals ready to work,” Markell said.
Senator Chris Coons and his office pulled together the event, which brought together at the Chase Center employers from across the state and included both the public and private sector.
“Chris Coons jumped right in to his job as a Senator debating and shaping public policies on our behalf in Washington. But he has taken on another critical role, and that’s being our state’s partner in economic development – in working to get people working,” Markell said. “It’s a job he shares with Senator Carper and Congressmen Carney and one we are fortunate they are so focused on doing well.”
After the impending federal government shutdown threatened to shutter the event, Senator Coons reached out to Governor Markell and the state’s Departments of Labor and Economic Development, which responded by mobilizing volunteers to serve. When the shutdown was averted, the Senator’s staff was able to staff the event, but state volunteers still offered a hand. For example, the Department of Labor’s mobile “One-Stop” Service center remained just outside the Chase Center to enroll job seekers in any job assistance programs they may be eligible to receive and the State’s Business Services Unit’s “Job Squad” collected resumes to pair up with employers who could not attend.
“In Delaware, we come together to get things done. It was encouraging to see so many employers come to Wilmington to give people a chance to join their team and get things done for those companies, agencies or schools,” Markell said.
Included 80 employers, including 76 who registered and several who came today looking to hire. Senator Coons’ office said the following confirmed their attendance: Apple One Employment Services, Sallie Mae, American Registry of Pathology, Kelly Services, Discover Bank, Westside Health, Staffmark, Aerotek, Integrity Staffing, Synerfac Technical Staffing, UPS, JP Morgan Chase, High Rider Inc., Barclay Card, TD Bank, Interim Healthcare, Liberty Mutual Insurance, BW Tek Inc, Port Contractors Inc., Diamond State Youth, Comcast, AFLAC, Citi Card, Wilmington Senior Employment Services, 99.5 WJBR, DuPont Company, Brandywine Technology, Contemporary Staffing Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delaware Hospice, Frito Lay, Nemours, Holiday Inn Select, ING Direct, Amtrak, Diamond State Financial Group, Connections Community Support and Elliott Greenleaf, Global Employment Services, WSFS Bank, VLS IT Consulting, Air National Guard and Army National Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, IRS Criminal Investigations, Office of Personnel Management, US Secret Service, Social Security Administration, Housing and Urban Development, OSHA, Small Business Administration, VISTA, US Department of Agriculture, USDA FSIS, ICE/Immigration Enforcement, US Attorney’s Office, US Census Bureau, Philadelphia Passport Agency, Delaware State University, University of Delaware Office of Human Resources, UD Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification, UD Professional and Continuing Studies, NCCo Vo-Tech Adult Education, Wilmington Job Corps, Delaware Technical and Community College, Jobs for Delaware Graduates, New Castle County Police, Governor’s Commission on Volunteer Service, Public Allies, Delaware Department of Labor Employment & Training, DE Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Delaware, City of Wilmington, New Castle County, Priscilla Turgon, Joyce Dungee Proctor.