Calling all businesses: Help us to help you find workers and renters for housing

30 Oct Calling all businesses: Help us to help you find workers and renters for housing

LAKE PLACID — A new committee is asking local businesses to help with a campaign to increase the local workforce, starting with a new job fair.

A coalition of local businesses, together with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, formed the Job Fair Committee, which is seeking to increase the pool of local workers by attracting more high-quality workers here.

The first step is to hold the Lake Placid Winter Job Fair. Businesses are invited to set up a free booth at the fair, which will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Don’t miss this great chance to meet a whole pool of potential employees face to face all at once, for free! Any business that wants to participate in the job fair should contact Kathy Pfohl at or 518-524-2445 ext. 110.

New workers need housing, and it’s often tough for workers to find it in a new town. So the committee is compiling a list of available housing for potential seasonal and/or full-time workers. Anyone who has housing – anything from a single room for rent, to a person looking for a roommate, to an entire home – can send their information to Kathy Pfohl to get a free listing. This free service will start as a PDF to be handed out to potential renters at the Job Fair, but the committee intends to eventually create an online database that will be easily searchable.

To entice more people to work here, the committee is also putting together a local worker incentive program called ADK Work and Play. To participate, businesses can offer discounts for people who work locally.

“Local workers will be able to sign up for a free card to bring to local businesses. After having good experiences at a local restaurant, store or other business, the worker will be able to recommend the place to visitors and other customers, so it will be a win-win for everyone,” said Mary Jane Lawrence, ROOST’s director of sales.

Businesses can use participation in the program to drive traffic when they need traffic the most, and they are welcome to institute blackout dates for the discount.

The initial ADK Work and Play program will run Jan. 1, 2015, to June 1, 2015. Interested businesses should contact Kathy Pfohl by Nov. 7.

Anyone who wants to find new employees by participating in the Job Fair, find renters for available housing, or to drive more customer traffic by participating in the new local worker incentive program, should contact Kathy Pfohl at or 518-524-2445 ext. 110.

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