Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance holds annual meeting

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Members of the public and private business community in Hazard and Perry County met Thursday evening to recap a year in local business development.

The Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance (HPCEDA) was formed by business owners committed to growing the region.

HPCEDA Director, Zach Lawrence said they are a capping off a great fiscal year and are excited about the future.

”We were one county in east Kentucky that got to actually grow in the last census, so I think as far as our population, the look and what we’ve got going here, we’ve got the population to go to work,” he said.

HPCEDA Chairman of the Board Joe Grossman added that capitalizing on a strong workforce requires partnership with public officials.

”We have worked together with the County and the City officials with One East Kentucky to really try to boost employment here in the Perry County area and particularly here in the Coalfields industrial park,” Grossman said.

He continued saying that job creation in the Industrial Park is a roaring success and that there are more jobs on the way.

That prospect has Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander, looking to who that future workforce might be.

”I think that we’re going to have to start recruiting people to come back home to fill some of the jobs that we have,” he said. “And there’s no better place to live in Appalachia and raise your family and now its time we start telling that story along with the good jobs that we have.”

Gross said HPCEDA officials hope recent success in job creation inspires more local businesses to join them.

”The more people who are gainfully employed in the community, those all become your gainfully employed customers down the road,” he said. “So, you know that axiom of the rising tide lifts all boats? Their boat gets lifted as well.”

He said new HPCEDA members will fill critical roles on the Board and contribute ideas for future growth across the county.

The annual meeting was held at the Dajcor Aluminum facility in the Coalfields Industrial Park.

Dajcor granted attendees a tour of their 300,000 square foot facility.

The factory has been operating since 2020 and company officials said they are purchasing new equipment and expanding its workforce.

HR Manager Teresa Blair told WYMT that they will be looking to fill 35 General Laborer positions this Summer starting with a job fair.

”Experience will give them a leg up but we are looking for people who have no experience as well,” Blair said. “We do all of the training here at the plant.”

The fair will be held June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the factory in the Coalfields Industrial Park.

Interested applicants should bring a photo ID and Social Security Card.

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