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June 23, 2014

Virtual job fair for veterans launches in July

10 News WTSP

Clearwater, Florida -- In July, CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas will host a week-long virtual job fair dedicated to veterans. The online event is simple to access and free of cost for job seekers and employers.

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May 19, 2014

Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Growth Expo May 22, 2014


Join the Tampa Bay Business Journal on May 22 for the annual Business Growth Expo. Over 100 exhibitors and 1,000+ attendees are expected. Featuring special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

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April 21, 2014

Platform to Employment program aims to match employers with the long-term unemployed

Brad Davis, ABC Action News

Bryn Payne is fed up with being unemployed. He's applied to more than 300 jobs. "It's very frustrating," said Payne Payne and every person in the classroom at Career Source Tampa Bay is older than 50 years old and has been unemployed for an extended period of time. Now they're all part of a privately-funded program called Platform to Employment, aimed at returning the long-term unemployed back to work.

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April 14, 2014

Pilot program in Tampa targets plight of long-term jobless

Jeff Harrington, Tampa Bay Times

Employers in Tampa will soon have another incentive to hire some of the long-term jobless. Someone else will pick up the tab for the first two months in their new job with no obligation to keep them on.

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January 23, 2014

Experts deliver forecast for 2014

Juliana A. Torres, Largo Leader

CLEARWATER – Four experts in their field shared their perspectives on the upcoming year to members of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Jan. 21.

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November 13, 2013

Hillsborough Community College to Provide Trade and Logistics Training


A consortium led by Hillsborough Community College’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education (ICCE), the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance and Cross Border Partners Advisory Services have come together to provide training opportunities for local businesses looking to enter, increase or expand into international trade.

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September 18, 2013

Rick Scott Announces HPS Will Create 1,000 Jobs in Tampa Bay by 2018

Kevin Derby - Sunshine State News

Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday that HealthPlan Services (HPS) plans to expand in the Tampa area, investing $34.4 million and creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the next five years.

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September 17, 2013

North Pinellas business briefs for Sunday, Sept. 15

Nova Beall, Tampa Bay Times

In October, WorkNet Pinellas will launch a technology-focused training program called Startup Quest in Pinellas County. The program's goal is to educate aspiring entrepreneurs about opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at Florida's universities and federal laboratories.

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August 16, 2013

Granex building $6M manufacturing shop in Tampa

Staff, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Granex Inc. broke ground Friday on its new manufacturing facility in Hillsborough County. The $6 million project, located at 5101 E. Diana St., Tampa, is being constructed to process granite and marble slabs from imported raw materials, and is expected to create 50 new jobs, according to a statement.

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July 28, 2013

North Pinellas Business Digest for July 28

Nova Beall, Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay YouthBuild program got a shot in the arm recently with an infusion of funding from WorkNet Pinellas, which received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The money makes it possible to continue providing academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth ages 17-24 while constructing affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in the community.

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July 09, 2013

Hillsborough DCF Director Duties Cover All Ages

Jeff Berlinicke, Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - Janet Gregory wears many hats as regional community development director for the Florida Department of Children and Families. She works with children. She works with at-risk teenagers. She works with the elderly. She loves her job and doesn't mind switching those hats whenever she needs to. "I do a lot of everything and I love doing it," Gregory said. "If it involves children, adults, seniors - it doesn't matter. We are there for them."

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June 28, 2013

Verizon on Hiring Track in Tampa, Adding 100 FiOS Customer Reps

Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom

Verizon is staffing its national customer-retention center in Tampa with 100 new sales representatives to support various sales and customer support functions mainly for its wireline FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services. New staff members will work in the telco's downtown Tampa call center after regular business hours to handle requests from new and existing wireline customers in 12 states and Washington, D.C.

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June 11, 2013

Need a Job? Employers Will Be Hiring at Brandon Event

D'Ann White, Brandon Patch

Hiring agents from more than 10 companies will be on hand for a free job expo and resource fair for job hunters Thursday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Macy's Court at Westfield Brandon mall, 459 Brandon Town Center.

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May 31, 2013

Area Development Magazine Awarded Florida the Silver Shovel for Significant Job Creation in 2012

Area Development Magazine

When the economy is bustling, many people tend to take economic development successes for granted - growth happens, it's a good thing, everyone's happy about it, but it's easy to overlook the work that goes into making it occur. On the other hand, when the economy is struggling, or perhaps taking baby steps toward recovery, every job created is truly something to savor and celebrate.

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May 28, 2013

Hire Florida Grads Website Offers Job Help After College

Nova Beall, Tampa Bay Times

What's a college graduate to do once they've received their diploma and the cap and gown have been tucked away? Those in search of a job can get help from Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas, organizations that are supporting the launch of the website where the profiles of work-ready, qualified job seekers are matched with open positions.

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May 10, 2013

CEO Survey Ranks Florida at 2nd Best State for Business, Up From 6th in 2010

Karen Cyphers, Saint Peters Blog

An annual study by Chief Executive Magazine ranks Florida as the second best state to do business in, for the second year in a row, a raise of four spots since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2010.

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May 09, 2013

Center Celebrates Anniversary of Helping Needy Help Themselves

Kevin Brady, The Tampa Bay Current

ECHO Client Service Center serves communities from Gibsonton to Brandon.

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April 23, 2013

Once Down and Out, Florida Job Market Gathers National Steam

Robert Trigaux, Tampa Bay Times

If the sharp drop in Florida and Tampa Bay unemployment rates was worthy of applause, add a cautionary cheer for our state's job gains compared with the rest of the nation. It's a key test in answering: How goes Florida's recovery? Florida's increase of 32,700 jobs in March topped the monthly gains reported in any other state, sweeping by No. 2 California with its 25,500 jobs, according to numbers released last week.

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April 23, 2013

Youth Virtual Job Fair Coming in May, Employers Wanted

Jo-Lynn Brown, TBBJ

A Youth Virtual Job Fair for workers age 14 to 24 will run from May 12 to May 18, and organizers are looking for employers to post open spots.

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April 18, 2013

Partnership Between Agencies Results in Help for Employers, Job-Seekers

Penny Fletcher, The Tampa Bay Current

A partnership between Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance and the South Shore Community Resource Center in Ruskin is proving helpful to people looking for work.

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