FLINT (WJRT) - (01/18/2018) - The Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce is still buzzing from a huge turnout at Wednesday's job fair for Lear Corp.
Potentially thousands of people flooded the Mott Community College campus on Wednesday to apply for one of the 435 positions available at Lear's new seating plant in Flint.
"The announcement about the Lear project is exciting to many in the community. It points to great opportunity for redevelopment at Buick City," said Janice Karcher, senior vice president of the chamber.
There were traffic jams getting to the campus, scarce parking on campus and long lines for hours as applicants waited to meet with hiring representatives. The job fair actually ended two hours early because so many people were in line.
Karcher said the chamber was disappointed to see Flint and Genesee County passed over for Amazon's second headquarters, but other opportunities are on the way. Apple announced plans this to invest $350 billion in building a second headquarters and hiring 20,000 more people.
"We are very practiced at making the case for why companies should grow here," Karcher said. "What we saw yesterday in terms of the supply of people interested in jobs sends a great message to other employers about our workforce availability and the strong interest among workers who want a job."
From a GM expansion to historic Hamady looking for workers, they are seeing positive movement.
"We're certainly optimistic about projects that have been announced and also about the day to day hiring activity that we see from existing businesses," said Karcher. "We need more people that are work age to realize there are jobs. They should be out looking for a job and connecting to some of these job openings."
To get ready for other opportunities headed our way, the chamber is hosting a talent forum at Lapeer Country Club on Jan. 24. This is to help the I-69 Thumb region, which is seeing a lot of job growth.
The forum is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public but attendees must register. Call Janice Karchcer at (810) 600-1429 for more information.