New county website to attract and retain talent in Grand County

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by Tara Walker
On December 12, Diane Butler with Grand County Economic development answered Commissioner questions about the proposed new website. Grand County’s goal is to establish a collaborative website to match employees with employers and retain workers in the county. Butler hopes the website will help Grand County significantly improve its ability to attract talent to the area.

The website will have 6 main sections; Jobs Listing, Candidate Listing, Rental Housing Database, Employee Resource Listing, Local employee Events Database, and a Local Discussion Forum. The website plans to highlight the mountain culture of the region and provide content that employees seek such as housing options, wages, start and end time of seasonal jobs, and the benefits and perks of working at different establishments.

Innovation Economy Partners and Deeya Solutions have been selected to create the website. The contract is $30,000.00. Butler explained that they received funding through Freeport McMoRan and a DOLA REDI Grant for a total of $25,000 and has the additional $5,000 needed available in the current budget.

Commissioners questioned how this website would be maintained in the future and how the new website would work in relation to Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Workforce Center.

Butler explained that she’s had a lot of support from stakeholders that have already contributed the bulk of the money to fund the website and they’ve had great participation throughout this process. The Workforce and Housing Roundtable Discussion held last week had around 60 attendees. Butler, “We got really great feedback and we are moving forward with the process. Everybody is passionate about these subjects because it is effecting main street businesses to our larger employers.”

The Workforce Website isn’t as detailed and the Grand County website will have links to Workforce and will aid in getting their information and resources out to the public and that their regional manager was supportive of Grand County’s new website as they’ve been communicating. Butler added that our website won’t look like a government website
Commissioner Linke was in support of the new website, “Major employers aren’t using the Workforce website and they liked the idea of the one stop shop and they liked the idea of partnering.”

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