- Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Rex's American Grill and Bar, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs Affordable housing issues have trickled down into the workforce in several ways that will be addressed Wednesday at the second session of the Workforce Forum Series at Rex's American Grill & Bar.
"How do you recruit people to come to town to work for your company if they can't afford a place to live?" asked Riley Polumbus, communications director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. "Obviously the current construction is part of that, but there are other businesses that have challenges housing their workforce as well."
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Economic Develop-ment Council initiated the Workforce Forum Series in response to results it received from its annual member survey.
"The issues that came up were issues with the workforce: finding good employees, retaining good employees and housing employees," Polumbus said. "Instead of waiting to see what happens and make mistakes, this is an opportunity for people to discuss what issues we are about to face, and come up with solutions through dialogue."
There will be a panel of members representing tourism, construction, schools, healthcare, Yampa Valley Housing Authority and other small and mid-sized companies.
"We really tried to cover the spectrum," Polumbus said. "Each person will have a few minutes to speak, and time for questions at the end."
Similar forums will be held once a month. Future topics in this series include workforce retention and recruitment. The idea is for the businesses to work together and learn from each other's experience.
"It's a good networking opportunity," Polumbus said. "And there are challenges out there and things happening that we don't necessarily know about. This can help businesses learn from each other."