Boosting Ardmore's economy

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- t’s an issue that area businesses struggle with each day. Brien Thorstenberg is the Ardmore Development Authority President. He says, “We currently have about 98 openings had them last four weeks.” Which means, many jobs, just not enough employees. Right now the city of Ardmore has several hundred openings in the city. “Approximately 500. The reason why it changes, obviously there are turnover issues with a lot companies and companies trying to expand.”

Circuit City and Cable One were among 40 different business ventures, who were out recruiting Saturday afternoon, in hopes of finding quality workers. “It’s been really pleasing for Cable One, ourselves I have had 85-100 applications processed."

“First of all, you walk in and smell all the good food cooking and look around everywhere you see opportunities for employment.”

Preparing for a job interview can be nerve wrecking, but with job fairs like these, employment opportunities come without the stress. “They can come out meet different employers like ourselves, learn about our company our benefits. We don’t want them to feel like they are in a pressured situation.”

Development officials say Saturdays fair wont solve all the employment woes, but they are trying to make recruiting easier. “The main thing for the applicant just how easy it is and also for employers makes it one stop shop for both."

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