Troup County group to launch employment Web site Tuesday

Center hopes site curbs high unemployment rate in county

amccallum@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 10, 2009 

LAGRANGE, Ga. — The recently formed Troup County Center for Strategic Planning is set to unveil a Web site Tuesday that is aimed at helping people find jobs and companies find workers.

The new Web site, troupcountyworks.com, is a top priority for the strategic planning center.

The site will match area employers with local prospective employees. Initially, the service will be free for licensed regional companies.

Officials said in a statement Friday they plan to launch the Troup County Works site during Tuesday’s LaGrange Troup County Chamber Early Bird Breakfast.

It will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the LaFayette Garden Inn.

The site, which has been developed by Kelsey Advertising & Design, will have several key features for employers and potential employees. The site’s designer will present the various features Tuesday.

According to the statement, employers will be able to register and sort Troup County applicants based on education and skill level.

Area residents will be able to register, post resumes and review job listings. Local job seekers will also be able to find tips on preparing resumes and ways they can improve job skills.

The site will also include information on local jobs and links to the Department of Labor, various educational institutions, local governments and Georgia 411.

Recently tapped Troup County Center for Strategic Planning Executive Director Kay Durand will oversee the site.

Durand was named to head the center nearly two weeks ago.

She will focus on work force development, including the use of the new Web site and the implementation of goals identified in the county’s strategic plan, which was commissioned in 2007 and done by Georgia Tech.

Durand has said she hopes the site will help alleviate the area’s unemployment rate, which is more than 14 percent.

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