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New Boilermaker Career Pavilion to showcase area's job opportunities

UTICA - One of the Mohawk Valley’s great events will be the venue for a new effort to recruit high-quality professionals for job openings with local employers.

The Boilermaker Road Race today announced that Mohawk Valley EDGE and Workforce Investment Board will sponsor a Career Pavilion at the Boilermaker Health and Fitness Expo. The Expo will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at the Masonic Care Community in Utica.

“Our goal is to use the Boilermaker as a catalyst to make this a healthy community, both in the physical and economic sense” Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker Road Race/National Distance Running Hall of Fame, said. “The Boilermaker attracts a great deal of attention and a large number of visitors to the area during that week in July. This affords us the perfect opportunity to show people who are interested in living here that there are significant career opportunities available.”

“Local employers are looking for high-quality professionals to take successful businesses to the next level, and there is no better place to find great workers who can go the distance than at the Health and Fitness Expo,” said EDGE Chairman Larry Gilroy. “EDGE will be working with some of our top employers to provide on-site job information and informal interviews to the many great potential employees who will be running the race.”

“The Career Pavilion will offer people who have left the area but want to return a great chance to see the kinds of high-growth jobs that are open at top local employers,” said WIB Chair Robin O’Brien. “With the development of jobs in the technology sector and other high-growth areas, new opportunities are constantly emerging for qualified people, and the Career Pavilion gives us a chance to tell that great story to people who have roots here and may be looking for a great community where they can raise a family.”

The Career Pavilion will include representatives from a number of area employers, including Boilermaker sponsors. Local companies will be available to accept resumes, conduct pre-screening interviews, and promote their job opportunities to Expo attendees.
“As with any Boilermaker event, we expect the Career Pavilion to reflect our community pride and a sense of fun,” Reed said. “Our employers will be in the Boilermaker frame of mind and in running casual attire. We encourage our runners/job seekers to put their best foot forward—and in this case, it can be in a running shoe.”

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