breaking news

Springfield standout Leonard Taylor lays out final plans before signing day

Champaign County creates tool to help job-seekers


The Champaign Economic Partnership will soon begin promoting a new website designed to connect Champaign County businesses to area workers.

Beginning Saturday, the economic development organization will launch Community JobConnect, which will serve as a community job board, said Marcia Bailey, director of the CEP.

RELATED: Champaign County group pushes local site to promote jobs 

“When we have site selectors or businesses looking for expansion opportunities in our community, this is a good way to be able to connect the workforce and economic development all on one website,” Bailey said.

The site will provide services for both local companies and area workers. Area businesses can post internship opportunities, full-and part-time job listings, and search for resumes that match their needs. Residents looking for work can search and apply for jobs, create a resume and receive notifications for jobs that meet their specifications.

DETAILS: Champaign County economic group won’t share space for now

The site is intended as a complement to the OhioMeansJobs website, not as a replacement, Bailey said. It will also provide information for area students about the kinds of career opportunities available in the county, she said.

Many smaller businesses often don’t have much of an advertising budget, Bailey said. The free website provides another resource allowing them to look for workers.

“It’s another way for them to have another resource readily available where they can just sign up, put the job ad in there and connect with applicants,” Bailey said.

MORE BUSINESS NEWS: Bechtle Avenue business closes, 2nd Springfield location stays open 

The site was developed after human resource managers in the county met to discuss the challenges facing local employers.

“One of the chief concerns shared at these meetings is how to attract and retain local talent for manufacturing jobs, which are often difficult to fill,” said Jill O’Neal, human resources manager at Weidmann Electrical Technology Inc., in a statement announcing the website.

O’Neal and Ashlie Starkie, human resources information systems manager at Weidmann, created the site on their own time. The CEP will host public meetings over the next several weeks to train employers and area residents how to use the site’s job board.

“We’re really excited they partnered with us to get this done,” Bailey said of O’Neal and Starkie’s assistance.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Premier planning to redevelop Good Sam site once hospital closes
Premier planning to redevelop Good Sam site once hospital closes

Premier Health officials have told this news organization that they want to "transform" the soon-to-be former main campus of Good Samaritan Hospital once the facility closes at the end of the year. They don't know exactly what redevelopment will look like on the site once the buildings are razed, but they say it's a process they will be...
Wright State settled for nearly $2 million with feds over student aid issues
Wright State settled for nearly $2 million with feds over student aid issues

An audit released by the state on Thursday revealed a nearly $2 million settlement between Wright State University and the U.S. Department of Education and sheds more light on the school’s financial troubles and ongoing investigations. On Nov. 1, Wright State agreed to pay more than $1.98 million for issues stemming from a routine 2015 federal...
Fairborn first in nation to test Air Force tech for police, fire
Fairborn first in nation to test Air Force tech for police, fire

The city of Fairborn will be the first municipality in the nation to test Air Force Research Laboratory-developed technology to separate radio chatter that tends to get jumbled in emergency situations, officials say. GlobalFlyte, a self-described transformative technology firm, developed the integrated management system from both Air Force research...
La Quinta hotels to be acquired in nearly $2B deal
La Quinta hotels to be acquired in nearly $2B deal

Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and La Quinta Holdings Inc. said Thursday they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Wyndham will acquire La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses for $1.95 billion cash. There is a La Quinta Inn & Suites in Tipp City and another in Fairborn. A Wingate by Wyndham is also located in Fairborn...
Columbus named finalist for second Amazon headquarters
Columbus named finalist for second Amazon headquarters

Amazon has chosen finalists for its second headquarters in North America. Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to be the home of its second headquarters in North America. Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process: - Atlanta, GA - Austin, TX...
More Stories