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Regional Website Highlights Darke County's Workforce

DARKE COUNTY - HometownOpportunity is growing, adding new employers, schools, and job seekers to improve its effectiveness at meeting the goal of promoting hometown living and economic development in Mercer, Auglaize and Darke Counties, said Lisa Wendel, workforce specialist with Darke County Economic Development.

From the March 28, 2014 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Heather Meade, Staff Writer

DARKE COUNTY - HometownOpportunity is growing, adding new employers, schools, and job seekers to improve its effectiveness at meeting the goal of promoting hometown living and economic development in Mercer, Auglaize and Darke Counties, said Lisa Wendel, workforce specialist with Darke County Economic Development.

“HometownOpportunity is a centralization of the workforce effort, it brings everybody – students, employers, parents, educators and the unemployed and underemployed – to a single place,” Wendel stated.

HometownOpportunity.com is an initiative from the Mercer County Economic Development Office, Wendel said, but in an effort to promote regionalism, Auglaize and Darke County were brought into the project. The website offers information about companies in the three-county region, education and training available in the region, job opportunities available in the region, and testimonial videos from young employees from the area.

Partnering for Progress (P4P), Darke County’s economic development initiative, funded the Darke County testimonial videos that are available on the website, said Marc Saluk, director of Darke County Economic Development.

“These [videos] are designed to show students that you can have the career and life you are seeking by staying right here in west central Ohio…and that some of our fastest growing sectors like manufacturing and healthcare can provide a lifetime of opportunity…And that we have great companies within those sectors already in operation in Darke County and beyond,” Saluk stated.

The most effective part of HometownOpportunity.com is its word of mouth potential, which Wendel says is the best way to spread the word.

“Someone sees a job posting on this site, they tell their nephew,” Wendel said. “When people visit the site, they see local success stories that highlight living and working in Darke County.”......

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