For hire

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Officials from the Ardmore Development Authority (ADA) say the local economy is doing extremely well. That’s why more jobs are becoming available, but the population isn’t growing fast enough to fill those positions.

ADA officials are set to host a job fair next month at the convention center. Part of the challenge the city is facing is trying is to attract workers to the city to pursue a career.

Officials say there are reaching a 40-mile radius in hopes of attracting people to the area.

According to the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, since 1997 the city has only experienced a 2 % growth in population.

It’s even affecting the city. With thirteen open positions- mostly for police officers- a job fair seems like a good idea.

"With what the economy is doing, what it’s creating, the companies are trying to hire more people," says ADA vice president Brien Thorstenberg.

The job fair takes place at the Ardmore Convention Center on September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be the second job fair for Ardmore.

"We’re competing for same candidates with every other organization. With our unemployment rate, it’s hard having ten jobs and only one person to fill it," says Leann Collins with the City of Ardmore’s human resources department..

Last year, 40 companies attended. Development officials expect to have more this year.

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  • by me Location: sherman on Aug 31, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    You, Scott, and people with like attitude cost those of us that were raised to believe we work for what we eat and live. I'm tired of paying for you to eat steak and potatoes on someone else's dime, whether you pay tax on it or not! Get a Job!, and pay your own way.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ardmore on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    I know of 3 or more people that have applied for jobs at Lowes,those people were more than qualified for the jobs they applied for and only get the run around from Lowes as to why they haven't been called back for interviews,and for some employers to say people just dont want to work is not the case at all!
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    Enough about Ardmore. Too far away to hear piddly news about!!! Bring it back to TEXoma!
  • by scott Location: ardmore, ok on Aug 30, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    if they want quality employees these companies are gonna have to pay. Who would ever want to work at michelin and get paid 13.00 per hour and work like a robot when a person is next to you making 30.00 an hour and have to do less work. Come on ADA - the world is upon us and we aint gonna work a job in ardmore for peanuts when I can get on foodstamps and bye steaks and potatoes without having to pay salestax for food.
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