Wednesday, February 2, 2011

EDC recognizing Owensboro Existing Businesses at February Chamber Breakfast

The Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation will recognize the role that existing businesses play in the overall vitality of the region as a sponsor of the February Chamber Rooster Booster breakfast. Healthy communities have strong, healthy businesses. The creation of an on-going existing business program is a key strategy to creating wealth and opportunity for the region.

Support for existing businesses is a top priority, since a majority of the new jobs in any given region are created by existing companies. EDC partners with local businesses and industries to remain engaged in our community, assist them with expansion projects, and increase their competitiveness in the wider marketplace. Since 2009 the EDC have worked 26 projects bringing over $100 million in new investment to the region creating 1,110 new jobs. This volume more than doubled our share of projects statewide compared to previous years.

The GO-EDC Industry Advantage Program involves partnerships among public and private organizations including the following:

State and Local Incentives- programs exist to help firms grow and retain jobs as well as providing workforce training for new or existing employees, for more information please contact Becky McCubbins at the EDC.

Workforce Solutions- Demographic experts tell us that meeting employers' future workforce needs is the number one challenge for businesses across the economic spectrum. Collaboration is critical among workforce partners to successfully address the full scope of workforce challenges within a community. The EDC has taken workforce development strategy to the next level through a community-wide partnerships with groups such as the Green River Workforce Investment Board, the Department of Employment Services, and the Owensboro Community and Technical College. These partners work to analyze and revitalize existing workforce strategies, identify and address workforce gaps, and work together to seamlessly provide the strongest workforce solutions for companies that choose to make the Greater Owensboro area their home. is a web-based regional talent pool of more than 5,500 potential employees organized in an interactive, user-friendly database. Employers can search for potential candidates based on specific criteria, and job seekers post their experiences all free of charge.

GO-iNTERN is an additional resource provided to local businesses. Employers can post internship opportunities at free of charge. For more information on any of these programs, please contact GO-EDC at 270-926-4339.

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