Regional Job Fair was the largest yet

Published 11:00 am Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Despite the rain on April 11, Danville’s The Showroom was packed for the biggest regional job fair yet with 51 companies.

Companies at the Spring 2024 Regional Job Fair varied from a variety of occupations. Employers included Parker Meggitt, Kimball International, Centre College, American Greetings, Shaker Village, PBK Bank, and many more.

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“Turnout is intense,” said Executive Director of the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Jeffrey Jewel. “I have lost all track of how many people we have had so far.”

The job fair has grown from when it had 40 businesses at the last job fair. Jewel explained that this growth is from both new businesses and existing businesses growing.

“It is a mixture of both of those things,” Jewel said. “The big thing is that it is regional, we have businesses from eight counties. We have everything from hospitality to military, to aviation. If you are looking for a job full-time, part-time, or whatever, you have one place that has employers hiring on the spot. We have interpreters for ASL and Spanish. We have folks who will sit with you and help you fill out applications.”

Sponsors of the fair include the Chamber of Commerce in Boyle County, Lincoln County, Garrard County and Mercer County; the Kentucky Career Center; and the Danville Boyle County Development Corporation.

The Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is thankful that local counties can work together for mutual benefit.

“We are very excited to partner with our surrounding counties. I think regionalism is the way to go these days,” said Lincoln Chamber Executive Director Andrea Miller. “We have good relationships with our local chambers. We all cross county lines so you never know what opportunities you will find. We are super excited to help our community. We also get a lot of networking going on today which is a huge benefit.”

The Danville Boyle County Development Corporation hopes that the job fair can offer something to anyone looking for a job.

“The chambers have been extremely helpful in partnering with us,” said DBCDC Vice President of Workforce Development Harold Nally. “We have a real good cross-section of employers. Hopefully, there is something for everybody here, that is what we shoot for.”

The next regional job fair is expected to be held this fall.