The AIM Institute has embarked on a new kind of partnership that is proving to be a great service to both the Scottsbluff/Gering community and the AIM Institute. Twin Cities Development Association has signed an agreement to help provide and subsidize AIM’s CareerLink job-posting services for its small- and medium-sized members. This opens up a new employee recruiting avenue for businesses that normally would not post on the Internet. And, it gives CareerLink the ability to provide its services in the Scottsbluff/Gering area in a more comprehensive manner, says Tim Erickson, business development director for the AIM Institute.
Twin Cities Development Association (TCD) is an entity that specializes in economic and workforce development in the Scottsbluff/Gering community. TCD is anticipating tremendous growth in the area, based on several initiatives that are currently underway. However, in order to continue that growth they need a quality infusion of workers to match their development needs. The association has established the website www.wehavejobs.net to assist in attracting people to the area. And now through the new partnership, AIM will provide its robust job-posting services on both the TCD site and on AIM’s high-traffic CareerLink.com site.
“It’s a challenge that both entities are excited about tackling,” Erickson says.
CareerLink, which has focused on expanding its services across Nebraska, is now working with 26 western Nebraska companies posting jobs on the site. The partnership has served to kick start the effort, providing the critical mass of jobs needed to capture the attention of job seekers. Some of the region’s larger employers including Cabela’s and Regional West Medical have joined in the effort to make this project even more successful.
This partnership provides AIM’s Careerlink a new market, new jobs, and a new area of workers, helping AIM fulfill its mission by addressing workforce needs more extensively across the state. For the Scottsbluff/Gering community, the partnership provides cost-efficient Internet job-posting services that help a vastly underserved population work effectively toward its growth goals.
This agreement may also serve as a pilot for other communities in Nebraska. North Platte, Auburn, Seward and other communities in the central and southeastern regions of the state have inquired about similar arrangements that can help them expand their economic development opportunities. The potential is there to form partnerships throughout the state. The Twin Cities Development Association and CareerLink agreement is just the beginning.
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