Stimulus money to be spent to employ people in county

Friday, April 9, 2010

Federal economic stimulus money is being made available to combat Marshall County's unemployment rate.

Governor Phil Bredesen announced that a job creation plan called the "Marshall County Recovery Program" will be put into effect to help lower the growing unemployment rate The plan calls for a Job Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Recreation Center, 1551 Mooresville Highway, Lewisburg.

The Governor has granted funding to the Tennessee Department of Human Services for the $3 million program out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) dollars. The South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance will be in charge of administering the grant.

"Getting this program approved for our community has been a tremendous team effort by officials in all three of our cities, County officials, our Economic and Community Development group, and many other citizens (public and private). This hasn't happened overnight and it was because of the persistence of these many, Deputy Governor John Morgan, and Governor Bredesen that this program has come to fruition in Marshall County," said Lewisburg City Mayor Barbara Woods.

"This program is not a fix for our situation, but it could mean a lot to some people in Marshall County. Each one of the lucky few who are able to participate will have something to look forward to even if for only a short period of time," stated Chapel Hill Mayor Carl Cooper.

Joe Boyd Liggett, Marshall County Mayor, explained, "With the hardship many of our families are dealing with, we are grateful for any and all help that these families might receive. This should help the local economy as far as having these dollars to spend here in this region. Our only regret is that our need exceeds the available funding that has been granted to aid us in these trying times."

Interested Marshall County residents must attend the Job Fair to find out if they are eligible for the program.

There are three criteria that will be required to participate:

* Residency in Marshall County

* Child(ren) under 18 years old must be living in the household

* Certain income/liquid asset maximums

To help in the eligibility process, the DHS has requested that jobseekers bring proof of residency in Marshall County (valid Tennessee driver's license or photo ID, rent receipt, property tax form, or voter registration).

Once a jobseeker is found to be eligible for the program, they will enter the Job Fair. As with any interview process, having a prepared resume is preferred (but not required) and employers will be conducting on-the-spot interviewing, so appropriate interviewing attire is suggested.

Jobseekers are encouraged to visit the Career Center in Lewisburg to brush up on their interviewing skills or get help in writing a resume. The Career Center is open Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 980 South Ellington Parkway, inside the Columbia State Community College building.

For more information about the Job Fair, contact the Career Center at 359-9726.

Employers can also benefit from the Job Fair because the Recovery Program will allow them to hire new employees at no cost to the company. The Job Fair will give prospective employers the opportunity to perform on-the-spot interviews with multiple jobseekers. For more information about the program or how your business/company can participate in the Job Fair, contact Greg 931-993-7499.