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Revving Up Your Job Search

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen…..start your job search. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New England’s largest sporting facility and home to two annual NASCAR races, has been announced as the site of the WMUR Project Economy Job & Career Fair II scheduled to take place Thursday, August 27th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“It gives us great pleasure to partner with the State of New Hampshire and WMUR to be able to help local job seekers take the next step in their career journey,” said New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens. “New Hampshire Motor Speedway has always placed great emphasis on service to our community and this effort is in great keeping with our mission of giving back to those who’ve helped us become so successful.”

The previous Project Economy Job & Career Fair held April 9th at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester drew over 10,000 job seekers. The massive turnout created parking, traffic and building occupancy problems. Given the size of the Speedway and additional parking space at the facility, organizers don’t expect the same logistical issues.

“The Speedway is actually the best solution for an event of this size and magnitude in the state of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Communications & Legislative Director Steve Boucher. “If the track can handle 100,000 visitors at a NASCAR race, we have no doubt that it can accommodate all of the job seekers and business owners taking part in the Job & Career Fair.”

Once again, WMUR has assembled a team of state and local partners that will bring together employers and job seekers for a day of networking, workshops and career connections. The Statewide Job & Career Expo is just one facet of Project Economy, a WMUR initiative to help viewers cope with challenging economic times and provide information on subjects as varied as retirement planning and college savings.

“We’re proud of the fact that our Project Economy initiative has not only provided excellent information to help people weather the economic storm, it has also helped many get a job,” said WMUR General Manager Jeff Bartlett. “With only a fraction of the 150 employers reporting in from the first Job & Career Expo, we can already document over 400 hires. Anytime you can put hundreds of people back to work, that’s an effort worth repeating.”

The State of New Hampshire is currently soliciting businesses interested in being part of the August Job & Career Fair. Registration is free but companies are urged to sign up as soon as possible by visiting www.wmur.com/nh-job-fair. All questions about business registration should be directed to Business Registration Coordinator Stuart Arnett at (603) 219-0043.

A separate online registration form is currently being developed by New Hampshire Employment Security for job seekers and should be operational by mid June. In the meantime, job seekers are encouraged to visit the NHES Job Match System at https://nhworksjobmatch.nhes.nh.gov/.

– Steve Boucher, Communications & Legislative Director