As the ski resorts and winter activities begin to close up for the season, seasonal workers are preparing to transition to other work and a new jobs portal from Grand County Economic Development wants to help connect them to the resources they need.
The jobs portal, http://www.WorkInGrand.com, aims to be a hub for all employment needs, with pages for job openings, available housing, community resources such as childcare or transportation and upcoming events. Its official launch will be celebrated at the Granby Library at 1 p.m. April 25.
“There are a lot of ways that this connects the community and ways that we’re going to activate it with employees,” said DiAnn Butler, executive director of Grand County Economic Development. “This is a resource for everybody.”
The open house will be a chance to highlight all the resources the portal offers, as well as demonstrate key features, like how employers can post jobs, how property owners can post units and how employees can use the forums to ask questions or ride share.
Butler explained that the portal was created after conversations with county employers revealed a common need for more tools to recruit and retain workforce. Since those initial conversations, employers and employees throughout the county have remained a part of the process.
“Really, at the end of the day, we brought a lot of people together that now collectively see impact and what they can do, so this is just one of the many things that they’ve gotten excited about and want to do,” Butler said.
Even though the website will launch next week, Butler said the work isn’t over yet. The website will continue to evolve as more ideas are generated through public feedback surveys and as resources are added.
However, she noted that they didn’t want to duplicate existing resources, but instead put them all in one place.
“We want them to see all the resources and want to list them,” Butler said. “Really this is just a place that hopefully pulls it all together for these groups.”
Other than the open house, Butler said the economic development office will host other events and start campaigns to educate people on the uses while encouraging them to post and interact with the website.
She hopes that the marketing and events, along with continued discussions with employers and employees, will help sustain the website as it progresses.
“(Employers) have promised to have links to (the portal) from their site and then also talk to employees about it and then, of course, we’ll have to keep it in the conversation,” Butler said. “It’s only going to be as good as the people that use it.”