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Mayor Copeland works to fulfill campaign promise

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

In partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of McDonough will host a city-wide jobs fair.

The jobs fair is a campaign promise made by McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, during his 2005 re-election bid. The fair is scheduled to be held on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., in the Shiloh Christian Education Center, 253 Macon St., McDonough.

"It's just one of those things that I've been working on," Copeland said. "But with the economy, we weren't sure if the timing was right."

Jobseekers will have the opportunity to compete for more than 150 positions in nursing and allied health, education, food service, manufacturing, law enforcement, transportation, finance, management, retail, clerical, and customer service.

Participating companies include, American Family Insurance, Babies 'R' Us, City of Atlanta Police, Correct Health, Georgia Power, Henry County, Henry County Board of Education, Henry Medical Center, Henry County Water and Sewer Authority, Horizon Staffing, J. C. Penney's, MARTA, McDonald's, Nestle, Sims Superior Seating, Southern States, Summit Racing Equipment, Symcor, Toys 'R' Us, University of Phoenix, and Wal-Mart.

The city sought the support of various industries and businesses over the past week, and has seen the number of participants grow from 14 to 26.

Copeland said he was surprised to find there were so many industries and businesses interested in participating. "I didn't know what kind of response we'd get, because these are tough times," he said. "It has just grown dramatically.

"There are going to be some opportunities for people of all walks and talents," Copeland added. "I hope those seeking employment will have their resumes ready, and if not, we'll have a team ready to help complete those."

The city will also have people to help direct jobseekers to potential career choices.

Representatives will be on site to provide information relative to Georgia Work-Ready Assessment opportunities. A mobile career resource center will also be on site with 13 stations that will allow visitors to perform various activities, such as online job searches, resume and cover letter development, online tutorials, and individual assessments and exploration of training eligibility and options.

"I've just been very, very pleased with the response of the local community here," said Mayor Copeland. "I think it's going to be a great thing for our community."

In August, the McDonough City Council cut eight positions, which effectively laid off eight city employees. City officials deemed the act necessary, due in part, to a struggling national economy.

Those who are interested and are seeking employment may contact the McDonough City Hall at (770) 957-3915, or e-mail Copeland at bcopeland@mcdonough-ga.gov.