FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 8, 2012
Lisa Bloomquist, Boise Valley Economic Partnership / (208) 472-5229 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Holmes, Idaho Department of Labor / (208) 332-3570 ext. 3775 / email@example.com Malcolm Hong, Idaho Technology Council / (208) 422-9100 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Private Partnership Launches Idaho TechJobs Site
Boise, IDAHO – The Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Idaho Department of Labor and the Idaho Technology Council have joined together to address a challenge for many small to medium Idaho businesses - how do we attract and recruit technology talent to our region?
As a result of that effort, the partnership has launched the first component of a multi-pronged collaborative approach – Idaho TechJobs (http://labor.idaho.gov/techjobs), a job aggregation site powered by the Idaho Department of Labor.
“The goal of the site is to show the depth and breadth of our technology community and the opportunities that reside here in order to attract and retain key talent,” said Roger Madsen, Director, Idaho Department of Labor.
The site is the culmination of a year of roundtables and outreach with Idaho technology companies and entrepreneur support organizations.
“Having the leaders of economic development, labor and technology at the same table to start tackling this problem together was an important step,” said Jay Larsen, President, Idaho Technology Council. “Our members have been highlighting this as a hurdle to their growth for years. Now it’s up to our community to populate this site and show the breadth of what we have available.”
Idaho businesses are encouraged to post their open jobs with the Department of Labor via its free online dashboard.
“Our next step is to create a marketing portal to showcase the region to prospective applicants for technology openings,” said Clark Krause, Executive Director, Boise Valley Economic Partnership. “To support and grow our community we need to identify and highlight success stories, profile the talent that is here already and reinforce what makes our community a great place to grow talent, businesses and the next big idea.”
About Idaho Department of Labor
The Idaho Department of Labor is a leader in generating quality jobs and maintaining an educated, skilled work force that serves as the foundation of strong communities with vibrant, diversified and expanding economies. As Idaho’s first choice for employment services, the Department connects job seekers with Idaho employers, delivers employment services to Idaho businesses and helps people with career transitions. For more information, visit http://labor.idaho.gov/
About the Idaho Technology Council
The Idaho Technology Council (ITC) is a member-driven technology association dedicated to fostering the growth of technology companies in the state of Idaho, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. It also advocates for creating a strong technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce. For more information, visit http://www.idahotechcouncil.org/
About Boise Valley Economic Partnership
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) is the regional economic development organization for the Boise Valley, representing the southwestern Idaho counties of Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee, and including the capitol city of Boise. With a long-term mission of creating jobs, attracting new businesses to the region and encouraging investment in the community, BVEP is actively involved in the economic vitality of the Boise Valley, and is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for businesses and families alike. For more information, visit www.bvep.org