Taveras and Fung join forces for Mayors Job Fairs


Mayors Taveras and Fung Renew Partnership to Target Unemployment with Free, Industry-Specific Job Fairs for Area Unemployed

Series of eight upcoming job fairs begins Wednesday, February 26 at Roger Williams Park Casino

– Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung renewed their unique partnership today to host a series of eight job fairs for area residents through Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston. The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce has joined as a new partner in the initiative.

The series kicks off with a healthcare job fair on next Wednesday, February 26 from 1PM to 3PM. All job fairs will be free and open to the public, and many will be held at the Roger Williams Park Casino, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. Representatives of companies and institutions will be accepting applications and address hiring questions, and other service providers will be on hand.

Among those participating in the first job fair are: Access Point RI; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; CharterCare Health Partners – Roger Williams Medical Center and St. Joseph's Health Services; Gateway Healthcare, Inc.; Genesis Healthcare/Coventry Center; Homefront Healthcare; John E. Fogarty Center; Providence VA Medical Center; Rhode Island Free Clinic; Women and Infants Hospital; and more.

Because space is limited, residents are urged to pre-register. For the schedule of upcoming job fairs and/or to pre-register, click here. Other businesses interested in participating are also invited to register by emailing fdickervitz@providenceri.com or by calling (401) 680-8578.

"Rhode Island still lags the nation in its recovery from the recession and its unacceptably high unemployment rate. We are using the resources at hand to do all we can to help our residents, and our small businesses, grow and succeed," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "By aligning qualified skilled workers with businesses that are actively hiring employees, we are achieving just that and building a stronger economy."

"I am happy to join with Mayor Taveras to announce a joint effort at getting people back to work.  The residents of our great cities deserve every opportunity to find gainful employment and through our combined efforts we will provide them a forum to do so.  These job fairs will certainly go a long way towards helping them meet potential employers and provide essential networking opportunities," said Mayor Fung.

Job Fair Schedule:

•    February 26        Healthcare
•    March 19             All Industry & Manufacturing
•    April 22                 Military, Veterans and Families (held at PCTA)
•    May 14                 Hospitality
•    June 18                 Food Science Roundtable (location TBD)
•    September 10   Healthcare
•    October 15          Retail
•    November 12    All Industry and Manufacturing

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce has joined the mayors in their efforts this year. The Chamber will work with its membership to actively encourage participation in job fairs as well as local hiring.

"Partnerships of this nature are essential to the strength and vitality of our state and its economy," said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

"Bringing two cities together around this common concern – and being partners to this effort – will ensure that we are bringing resources to bear on our staggering unemployment problem, while helping our state's businesses find talented and qualified employees."

Representatives from the Business Workforce Center at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) are assisting with the planning, promotion and operation of the job fairs.

"DLT makes the most of our partnerships between public and private sectors to connect job seekers to meaningful employment," said Charles J. Fogarty, director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. "These industry-specific job fairs are a great way to bring together employers seeking to fill vacancies and qualified job candidates."

Janet Raymond, senior vice president of economic development and operations at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and chair of the board of directors of the Workforce Investment Board of Providence/Cranston also participated in today's announcement event.

"I commend Mayors Taveras and Fung for this unique collaboration, which is directly aimed at addressing Rhode Island's unemployment picture," said Janet Raymond. "The Workforce Board stands ready to assist in the effort to match local workers with job opportunities, and the Chamber is proud to support this worthy effort."
"We care about our residents and we care about our small businesses," said James S. Bennett, director of economic development for the City of Providence. "Each depends on the other to prosper and grow, and these job fairs have demonstrated their true value in helping our small businesses and our unemployed. This is a simple but proven way of helping address one of this state's most serious issues."