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STEVENSV ILLE – Over the course of three hours 150 job seekers met with representatives from 16 local companies during the 2nd Annual Career Fair held at Chesapeake Bay Business Park, October 26. The Career Fair was hosted by Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic and Tourism Development and KRM Development.
“The goal of this event was to make commuting residents aware of the outstanding companies located here in Queen Anne’s County,” said Jean Fabi, Economic Development Coordinator and event organizer, “We also wanted to demonstrate that there is an excellent selection of career opportunities here, where our citizens live and play.”
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Mark Anderson attended the event and said, “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm shown by and for our companies in the Chesapeake Business Park. It was great to hear that several businesses have, or will be, expanding their job base due to support from our Economic Development staff. The county Board of Education's development of a vocational education component and feeder system into Chesapeake Community College has produced a growing workforce which can 'stay at home' while have good paying jobs."
Commissioner Jack Wilson said, “I think this event is a win-win for both local citizens and local business. It provides the ability to work closer to home as well as helping businesses close gaps on needed employees to allow them to grow and function. I think the diversity of the businesses represented allows opportunities for just about everyone in the county.”
The companies are recruiting for 50 jobs, many with multiple openings. County manufacturers were well represented at the event. Don Gross, owner of GROCO in Stevensville and chairman of the county’s Economic Development Commission’s Workforce Development Subcommittee, said, "I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at the Career Fair. I met several high quality candidates who were residents of Queen Anne's County who did not know there were manufacturing jobs available on the Eastern Shore. They were thrilled at the prospect of not having to deal with the bridge on a daily basis."
The businesses participating in this years’ Career Fair are: 3 Point Products; AZZ Enclosures; Bardac Automation and Drives; BlackWater Distilling; Dissen & Juhn; Federal Resources; GROCO; Hydrasearch; Iatesta Studio; Miltec UV; PRS Guitars; Queen Anne’s County Government; Sauer Compressors; Sterling Mirror and Glass; SafelineFP and USASigntex.
Representatives from Chesapeake College, the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, the Maryland Department of Commerce and the American Job Opportunity Act Program were also in attendance for the evening and made themselves available to applicants to support job search.
For job seekers who were unable to attend the event the jobs are posted on the county’s website www.qac.org/careerfair. A career fair for retail, lodging and restaurants is being planned for Spring 2018. For information about job opportunities in Queen Anne’s County, follow the Facebook page “Queen Anne’s County Economic Development.”