CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s May 6 Coalfields Regional Job and Resource Fair is just a couple weeks away and his staff toured the site of the jobs fair on Tuesday, April 19, along with several officials from throughout the coalfields.
The Coalfields Regional Job and Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chief Logan Convention Center on May 6. It is free and open to the public and those seeking employment are encouraged to come throughout the day, as vendors will be set up until 3 p.m.
Workforce WV’s Debra White said they already have more than 80 vendors confirmed for the fair and expect to have nearly 150.
Manchin’s state director, Mara Boggs, was joined by Deputy State Director Sara Payne-Scarbro and Regional Coordinator Michael Browning, along with Rocky McCoy, Connie Carlton and Debra White from Workforce WV, Claude Hunt with Region 2 Workforce Investment Board, Allyn Sue Barker and Steven Hall from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Leasha Johnson of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Debrina Williams of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce on the walk-thru tour of the facility.
The Logan job and resource fair is one of several being cohosted by Senator Manchin all across the state, and the third one in the southern, coalfield counties. Previously, Manchin co-hosted a jobs fair at Bluefield State College and another with the UBB Miners Memorial group in Whitesville. The senator’s staff also set up a table at a Workforce WV Rapid Response at the Raleigh County Armory.
Senator Manchin is partnering with several organizations, including Workforce WV, Region 2 Workforce Investment Board, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and many other groups in cohosting the jobs and resource fairs in an effort to help West Virginians get back to work.
“As a former small businessman myself, I understand firsthand how hard the people of the Mountain State work,” Senator Manchin said in an earlier press release. “Given the opportunity, West Virginians thrive at work, be it as the owner of a small grocery store, the miner working to harvest our vast natural resources, or the nurse saving lives each and every day or the teacher who is inspiring our next generation of leaders in the classroom. We are in this together, and that is why ensuring that everyone in our state has a job remains my top priority in Washington.
“This issue is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is a West Virginia issue. I will be working with everyone who wants to help us get West Virginians back to work. I will work with business and labor, the tech and energy sectors, corporation and non-profits, government and religious organizations and anyone else that wants to build West Virginia. No idea is too small when it comes to putting people back to work and I look forward to hearing from those who are as committed to our state as I am.”
The group was led on the tour by Chief Logan Convention Center’s Sheila Dingess.
Workforce WV’s Debra White said they already have nearly 105 vendors confirmed for the fair.
For more information on the Coalfields Regional Job and Resource Fair, call U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office at 304-342-5855.
Employers may register by contacting White at 304-792-7010 or by emailing her at [email protected]