W-S Forsyth partners create jobs portal
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Several community partners in Forsyth County Winston-Salem have joined to create WinstonWorks.org, a new Web site aimed at helping job seekers find employment opportunities and assisting companies with creating jobs. At an announcement Thursday at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Allen Joines said he’s challenged each of the county’s 8,500 employers to create one job in 2010.
“A local economy is always changing,” Joines said. “You always need a strong economic development program to replace jobs. But if employers add one, two, three jobs at a time, that’s how we’re going to chip away. That’s the way we’re going to pull ourselves out of this.”
The WinstonWorks.org site includes resources for job seekers and employers in one location. The consortium that created it also plans events, training seminars and outreach efforts. The consortium includes the chamber, Consumer Credit Counseling, The Enrichment Center, the Experiment in Self-Reliance program, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Forsyth Technical College, N.C. Employment Security Commission, Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, Professionals in Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Winston-Salem Urban League.
So far, WinstonWorks has received commitments from local employers to create 100 jobs and internships.