STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY—The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce partnered with West Hawaii Today to present Career Expo 2017 May 17 at the Kona Commons complex.
According to the daily newspaper, more than 500 attendees checked out the 50-plus exhibitor booths from various industries including healthcare, retail, hospitality, finance and transportation.
KKCC board member Lauren Avery helped organized the event after the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Committee determined there is an existing and future need for qualified workers in its 2017 report, Workforce Needs Assessment.
“This was an excellent way to further the mission of the committee which is ‘to facilitate connections between the education and business communities for the development of Hawaii Island’s existing and future workforce," said Avery.
Feedback from the community was also positive, with 49 vendors interested in participating again, said Avery. “Not surprisingly, two businesses hired employees right on the spot! By all accounts, it was a successful event.”
The Workforce Needs Assessment report was designed and implemented by KKCC’s Education and Workforce Development Committee. The report shows the top three general skills needed by employers include customer service, communication and problem solving. The updated 2017 report can be found at www.kona-kohala.com.