Workforce Connection

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It's an effort to make the connection between those looking for work and those looking to hire. More than 17 agencies in Boone and Winnebago counties are partnering to do just that. It's called the workforce connection and as the group already has a major hiring task before them, finding at least 500 employees for a new area business.

Teamwork is the theme as agencies in Boone and Winnebago County pools their resources to bring more business and jobs to the stateline and to put more people back to work.

Dubbed Workforce Connection, businesses will now have only one place to search when looking for employees and workforce training. It's a one-stop shop for people looking for jobs as well.

One of the group's first tasks is no small feat, finding 500 employees for TDS-US, a new supplier for Daimler Chrysler.

Not only is workforce connection coordinating a job fair for TDS, they're also lending a hand with the screening and interviewing process, and local leaders say that kind of service attracts even more business:

The job fair for TDS-US will be August 30, 31 and September 1 at the Belvidere Community Center on State Street. Times are from 10 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 30-31 and from 1-5 p.m. on September 1. For more information, call 395-6650.