Two things can be expected when Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) holds his annual jobs fair: There will be several employers on hand to seek workers, and local streets will be clogged with thousands of eager job seekers.
There were more than 15,000 people at last year’s jobs fair, which was five times more than the turnout for the fair in 2010, officials from Scott’s office said at the time. A long line wrapped around the Georgia International Convention Center four hours before last year’s fair began. The line of cars, filled with people wanting to get into the fair, stretched for miles down Camp Creek Parkway.
But, Scott said that shows how big the need truly is for the jobs fair. “It is so important, because it shows that the economy is recovering,” Scott said. “We’ve done this through bleak times, through the tough times, and, sometimes, we didn’t have many employers, but we’re going to have over 100 employers this year.”
The congressman is set to host his Ninth Annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair on March 30, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, which is located at 200 Convention Center Concourse, in College Park.
A sampling of the list of employers expected to participate in this year’s jobs fair includes: Aflac; the American Red Cross; AT & T ; Bank of America; construction equipment producer, Catepillar, Inc.; Clayton County government; CSX Transportation; Douglas County government; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Georgia Power; handgun maker, Glock, Inc.; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); MARTA; the Peace Corps; Regions Bank; Southwest Airlines; Suntrust Bank; UPS; Verizon Wireless, and Waffle House.
“These are major employers, like Home Depot, and Lowe's, Lockheed [Martin Corporation], and General Electric,” the congressman said. “We’ve got some really great companies signed up to participate this year.”
Several public safety agencies are also expected to be in attendance as hiring employers, including: Atlanta Police; the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office; Columbus Police; Douglas County Fire and Emergency Management Services; Federal Air Marshalls; the Federal Bureau of Investigations; Fulton County Schools Police; the Georgia State Patrol; Gwinnett County Police; the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
Scott said the U.S. Veteran’s Administration will be at the fair in two functions –– as an employer looking for employees, and also seeking assistance for military veterans who have returned from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Another employer, called AloriCares, is expected to be offering jobs to disabled veterans, the congressman added.
“We have so many returning veterans, many of whom need a job,” he said. “We need to give our veterans more than just a parade when they come home. We need to make sure they’ve got jobs.”
For more information, call Scott’s Jonesboro Constituent’s Office, at (770) 210-5073; his Smyrna Constituent’s Office, at (770) 432-5405, or his Washington D.C. office, at (202) 225-2939.