Erie County leaders talk attracting, keeping jobs

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Erie County and regional leaders are working to keep and lure jobs to the county.

Erie County Council discussed the “Up for the Job” initiative Thursday. The proposal calls for a consultant to market the skills of the county’s workforce to help attract out-of-town companies.

The county is hoping to enlist the help of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) and the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership.

The Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership is currently working on efforts to retain and grow hundreds of existing businesses in the county.

“We’re knocking on doors of companies to go in and find out ‘what’s keeping you up at night?’ What are the challenges that are keeping you from growing jobs or keeping the jobs or growing sales?’ said the organization’s vice president Jake Rouch.

“And then, we go on their behalf out to the resources that we know are available out in the community and bring them back to the company,” he said.

Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership has made 140 visits to area businesses this year with 60 more visits planned through December.

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