On Friday, August 26, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will host a community job fair, in partnership with the East County Career Center. The event will take place at the Cuyamaca Community College student center and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be the Congressman’s second of the year, and the job fairs have become something of a tradition for the two-term representative from East County. Several thousand people have taken advantage of the events to meet prospective employers, and many have been successful in finding a job.
In a post on his Congressional website, Representative Hunter said, “Each event has been a success and what I’m hearing from local businesses and job seekers is to keep them coming. Job fairs are a great way to bring together employers and those who are looking for work or interested in a career change. And if a job fair helps put at least one person back to work, it’s all the more reason to start planning the next one.”
One of Hunter’s first job fairs, in February, 2010, drew between 1500 and 2000 job seekers to meet with representatives from over three dozen local businesses. At the time, the Congressman pointed out that California was suffering from not only the nation-wide economic downturn, but high taxes and regulations that were driving companies out of the state or out of business. In an interview, he mentioned that Texas was offering special tax incentives to companies to move there from California. None of this has changed appreciably since then – at least not in a positive way.
For more information, you can visit Hunter’s Congressional website (link above). If you are a business owner and would like to take part in the job fair, you can find a registration form here or on the website.
For a story on the February, 2010, job fair, click here.
Between 1500 and 2000 people descended on the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon on February 19 for the opportunity to speak with some of the over three dozen companies and organizations at a job fair organized by Congressman Duncan D. Hunter. The event was part of Congressman Hunter’s efforts to help the people in his district who have been hit by the economic downturn. The Congressman’s office worked with the East County Career Center to set up the event and provide the venue.
I had the opportunity to speak with Congressman Hunter briefly after he addressed attendees and business representatives. He talked about how California is suffering not just from the economic downturn but from high taxes and regulations that put it at a disadvantage compared to other states. As an example, he said that Texas representatives have been contacting California companies and offering businesses bonuses such as immediate zoning and no state taxes for 10 years to relocate there. The Congressman indicated that his goal is to bring more large companies to the East County, in his words, “four or five more Qualcomms” that would boost employment.
Congressman Hunter also talked to me about the Government Small Business Procurement Outreach Workshop he had spoken at earlier that day. His reason for being involved with the Workshop was similar to that for the Job Fair – helping the people and businesses in his district and the wider county to become more successful. He talked about how small businesses have the innovations that the government wants and needs, and how they need help jumping through the hoops of government contracting. There is no telling which company will be the next garage-based business that grows into an Apple.
During the Job Fair I also had the chance to talk to both business representatives and attendees, and there were many interesting stories on both sides. Among the business I spoke with were Office Advantage and Scripps Health. Both were there looking for people to fit particular positions, but were also doing this as part of their community involvement. Many of the companies and organizations at the job fair had participated at a previous job fair organized by Congressman Hunter’s office, and were happy to be invited again for this one. In fact, there were over a dozen companies on a waiting list for space at the fair. Congressman Hunter hopes to find a larger venue for future job fairs, which he plans to continue organizing as long as there is a need.