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GREDF to help hospitality and trade sectors bring employees from Puerto Rico

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 10:35 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Great River Economic Development Foundation and AVANCE USA are planning to hold an informational meeting to help local businesses fill jobs.

The new initiative, which they are calling a ‘talent pipeline,’ will invite restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality and trade businesses in Adams County to participate in an informational meeting on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Oakley Lindsey Center.

Already, the talent pipeline began months ago, placing Puerto Ricans in jobs at big manufacturing businesses, such as Knapheide and Phibro. Now, GREDF president, Kyle Moore, said they’re ready to cast a wider net to smaller businesses which also have a dire need to fill jobs.

“We know that the hospitality sector and the building trades have been hard-hit by just a lack of workers available,” Moore said. “Many construction projects in the Tri-States are delayed because there’s just so many people who can’t do it, we know that there’s restaurants closing on a regular basis because they can’t find people to work.”

Moore said, so far, GREDF has successfully brought skilled workers from Puerto Rico. On Friday, they welcomed the 13th Puerto Rican family to the area.

The informational meeting is free.

You must RSVP by Feb. 11 by calling GREDF at (217) 223-4313 or email Angela Caldwell at caldwella@gredf.org.

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