Local business leaders working working to get residents back to work

As our economy re-opens, more local businesses are looking for new employees
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:19 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Despite consecutive weeks with sustained heightened new COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, our economy is continuing the long road back to recovery.

Local business owners are continuing to adapt their businesses to accommodate social distancing and COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Glen Brewer joins First News at Four to elaborate on how local business leaders are helping get unemployed residents back into the workforce.

“I’m really proud of our local Brazos Valley Workforce Solutions,” Brewer explains.

Brewer says Texas Workforce solutions has been working tirelessly around the clock to match residents with employers.

One of those efforts is a virtual job fair that the Brazos Valley Workforce Solutions is hosting on Thursday. You can find out more about how to get involved in that job fair by calling (979)-595-1800.

Brewer tells us there will also be a joint job fair with the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and Texas Workforce Solutions coming up sometime this fall.

“There are industries hiring,” Brewer explains.

He says the food service industry and grocery stores have been hiring throughout the pandemic. But now, Brewer explains, as businesses begin to restart, there are a lot more industries looking for additional employees.

But with all his optimism about hiring, Brewer tampers it with a bit of caution.

“I don’t know how anybody can be extremely confident in anything right now,” Brewer explains of his thoughts on businesses counting on Aggie football to drive up revenue.

He says local businesses should expect a proportional amount of expected revenue based on the percentage of people allowed to be in the stands at Kyle Field come game day.

Brewer says, “it’ll be tough no matter what happens.”

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