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Open house held at Workforce Center

Joshua Roberts

Employers and prospective employees are invited to an open house “matchmaking” Thursday at the Craig Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St.

“We just match them up and then it’s up to them,” said Linda Dill, one of three labor and employee specialists at the Workforce Center. “That’s what this is all about. : All of our services are free for employers and people looking for work.”

The open house, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., reintroduces the community to services the Workforce Center offers, such as job search assistance, resume building, improving interview skills and skills testing.

It also coincides with “Keep Colorado Working Day,” as declared by Gov. Bill Ritter.

The governor directed the state Department of Labor and Employment to host seven regional job fairs/hiring events around the state to connect job-hunters and employers.

The state’s 63 Workforce Centers are hosting open houses Thursday, as part of the directive.

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On Nov. 13, Ritter announced a series of “aggressive economic development initiatives” that will be launched in November and December. The initiatives are designed to keep the state’s residents working and the economy “strong amid the national downturn,” the governor’s office announced in a news release.

“Around the country and around the globe, we are facing unprecedented economic circumstances,” Ritter said in the release. “Fortunately, Colorado seems to be somewhat buffered from the worst of it, at least for now, and this means our economic development efforts must be more aggressive now than ever before.”

Ritter, the release stated, plans to invest $12 million to:

• Establish new energy economy job training programs operated by community colleges and private businesses.

• Increase investments in the state’s Clean Energy Fund to spur new businesses, projects and jobs.

• Create an “Access to Capital” initiative to enhance the availability of credit for small businesses.

• Make additional investments in the state’s Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program for immediate job creation efforts.

Dill said there is work to be found in Moffat County this time of year, specifically citing UPS and Yampa Valley Regional Airport as two businesses gearing up to hire for the holidays.

The Workforce Center event is open to anyone. For more information, call 824-3246.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com