Unlike most areas in Minnesota and the country, our regional community is fortunate to be experiencing population growth as a result of new-to-country immigrants and refugees. While these new neighbors are eager to join the workforce, they often face unique barriers to finding employment, such as language, transportation, housing and job skills.
In 2015 GSDC was instrumental in creating the Immigrant Employment Connection Group (IECG). Its purpose is to assist employers in overcoming barriers, real and perceived, in hiring this population. It also works with the prospective employees in removing impediments to their employment.
In 2018 the IECG hosted an employer education event showcasing best practices developed and used by regional employers. This was a panel of employers moderated by Gail Cruikshank, GSDC Talent Director. The organization also coordinated a New to Country Career Fair showcasing more than 25 employers and attended by more than 70 job seekers.
While GSDC remains involved in this initiative, the group is now being led by Tammy Biery at Career Solutions.