WILLIAMSON – A career fair organized by Williamson City Council and Mayor Robert Carlton was held Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
The career fair was held from the hours of 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and provided information for the unemployed in the area.
Approximately ten vendors were in attendance at the event. Brandon Ball, with the Williamson Parks and Recreation, stated that “A few people have showed up.” Ball explained that recent snow fall and ongoing weather watches were to blame for poor attendance by local residence.
Employers from W.Va. and Ky. were requested to attend the event including local businesses, service providers and state agencies.
State government employees set up booth space and answered questions regarding unemployment and health insurance qualifications. Representatives from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Workforce WV were on hand to provide information.
Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of Joe Manchin and Evan Jenkins. Other national and local representatives attended to provide assistance. Free job counseling was also provided by local lawyers, accountants, financial and business managers from the region.
Counselors and personnel from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College were present to offer career and educational counseling.
Booth space was available to local businesses and was open to residents of Williamson as well as residents across the region including: Mingo, Logan, Wayne, McDowell, Martin and Pike counties.
Mayor Robert Carlton stated, “It is time for help. It is time we pray. It is time to put our concerns into action by being present and helping others with the special talents and information that we all have for those who are in transition.”
The winter weather likely kept some from attending the event. Several did show up and went by several of the booths that were set up.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)