Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:33

Belfast businesses search for employees Featured

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BELFAST- A beautiful waterfront, great shops and restaurants- what other incentive do you need to move to Belfast?

“We have a diverse economy and a diverse number of employers. And a lot of them are looking for workers,” said Thomas Kittredge, economic development director in Belfast.

Oh right, great jobs, too.

“I'd like to say we're very fortunate to have a pretty diverse economy in Belfast,” said Kittredge.

Dozens of employers are looking to hire, and so far, they haven't had much luck.

So they are hoping an upcoming job fair will help them find who they are looking for.

“We're always in search of good quality people that want to work and put out a really good product. We're really global, so what we put out the door here will be seen throughout the world,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard.

Front Street Shipyard is just one of 50 employers setting up at the job fair.

They are looking for people of all trades, from mechanical to electrical, and even people to paint the ships.

“Mechanics may come from an auto body initially. And then they transfer into the marine environment. Electricians may come from a housing background or an industrial background and transition into that,” said Turner.

The city is also looking to create more housing to accommodate those considering filling open positions at the shipyard and elsewhere.

“We're trying to get more aggressive talking to developers. We may in the future be offering more incentives for housing development,” said Kittredge.

The job fair will happen on March 20th from nine until two at the Hutchinson Center.

For information on how to register, call Belfast City Hall.

Ashley Paul

Evening News Anchor/Reporter
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Ashley joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in April 2015. After working as an intern at Fox 29 in Philadelphia, Fox 25 and Channel 7 in Boston, and The Today Show in Australia, she is so excited to officially kick off her career as a reporter here in Maine!

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