Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine job fair draws hundreds

Countless people have found jobs thanks to the Grapevine Job Fair on Saturday, organizers said.

Among those was a woman who sent an email to organizer Colby Mowery, stating, “I got a job and I’m starting on Monday.”

Mowery is coordinator of the Grapevine Police Department’s Community Outreach Center, which in partnership with the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, hosted its 3nd Annual Community Job Fair for local residents and employers at Grapevine High School.

The event was designed to connect local businesses and residents to provide jobs and build a stronger local community.

Sixty employers offered jobs and more than 500 people attended the event, Mowery said.

“We had a great turnout,” the coordinator said.

The Outreach Center, located at 3010 Mustang Drive, facilitates communication and cooperation between the residents of Grapevine and law enforcement through recreational, educational, social and cultural enrichment programs.

“The Grapevine job fair represents a perfect example of the way that community partnerships benefit everyone in unique ways — by pooling skills, resources and ideas — to accomplish more together than could ever have been accomplished apart,” Mowery said.

“The job fair is a platform where prospective employees and local businesses in need of help can find each other and mutually benefit,” he said. “This results in a stronger economy, as businesses are able to produce more goods and services, as well as a stronger community, as more local residents are provided with stable income to provide for their families and participate in the local economy.”

Job seekers had the opportunity to meet with local employers representing several industries including retail, service, manufacturing, hospitality and finance.

The job fair primarily focused on entry and middle level positions.

Mowery said that in 2015, the Grapevine Job Fair had more than 600 job seekers in attendance, with 56 local companies providing more than 1,000 open job positions.

“More than 500 people were identified by employers as potential hires, and more than 200 interviews were conducted at the fair,” Mowery said.

Mowery said they are looking forward to organizing the fourth annual event for 2017.

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367