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One Job for Greensboro Initiative Reaches 68% of Goal
Posted Date: 2/29/2012 4:30 PM

Contact: Denise Turner Roth
Phone: 336-373-2002

The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford Merchants Association, and City of Greensboro announced February 28 that the One Job for Greensboro campaign has already attained more than half of its goal of inspiring local businesses to create 1,000 jobs by August. As a result of the One Job for Greensboro initiative, 70 local companies have pledged to invest in 680 jobs.

One Job for Greensboro was unveiled in August 2011 at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s State of Our Community Luncheon and formally launched at the Annual Dinner of the Greensboro Partnership in January. Updated numbers were released at the Annual Dinner of the Guilford Merchants Association Tuesday, February 28. As part of the initiative, companies are encouraged to invest in at least one new job by August 2012.

“We are very proud of our business community for stepping up and offering its strong support of this important initiative,” said Deborah Hooper, president of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. “We have made excellent progress so far and we encourage local companies to continue to invest in job creation and take us beyond our goal of 1,000 jobs by August.”

“There are more than 16,000 businesses in Greensboro, and this is an excellent opportunity for each company to do its part to lower unemployment and put our city back to work,” noted Denise Turner Roth, Interim City Manager for the City of Greensboro.

“This is a win-win initiative for both local businesses and job-seekers,” said Mike Bumpass, president and CEO of FirstPoint Inc./Guilford Merchants Association. “It helps companies to get the word out that they are hiring and allows them to pull from a broader base of applicants. In addition, job-seekers who are following our updates can get a better idea of which local companies are hiring.”

Several companies and organizations that have agreed to invest in at least one more employee in support of One Job for Greensboro include BB&T, the Center for Creative Leadership, Duke Energy, LF USA, Machine Specialties Inc., Replacements Ltd., Samet Corporation, TIMCO Aviation Services, VF Corporation, and WFMY News 2.

Any job pledged between now and August will be counted toward the community’s goal of 1,000 new jobs. Additional information on the initiative and pledging is available at on this website or by calling 336-373-CITY (2489) and choosing the One Job option (#2).

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