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Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Members of the public and private business community in Hazard and Perry County gathered Thursday night to recap a year of local business development.

The Hazard-Perry County Economic Development Alliance (HPCEDA) was formed by business owners determined to develop the area.

HPCEDA Director Zach Lawrence said they were capping off a great year and were excited about the future.

“We were an eastern Kentucky county that had to grow in the last census, so I think in terms of our population and how it looks and what we have here, we have the population to go to work” , he said.

HPCEDA Board Chairman Joe Grossman added that capitalizing on a strong workforce requires partnering with public servants.

“We’ve been working with county and city officials with One East Kentucky to really try to stimulate employment here in the Perry County area and especially here in the Coalfields Industrial Park,” Grossman said.

He went on to say that the job creation in the industrial park is a resounding success and there are more jobs on the way.

This prospect has Perry County Executive Judge Scott Alexander wondering who this future workforce might be.

“I think we’re going to have to start recruiting people who will come home to fill some of the jobs that we have,” he said. “And there’s no better place to live in Appalachia and raise your family and now it’s time to start telling that story with the good jobs we have.”

Gross said HPCEDA officials hope recent job creation success will encourage more local businesses to join.

“The more people who are gainfully employed in the community, they all become your salaried customers down the road,” he said. “So you know the axiom of the rising tide lifts all boats?” Their boat is also lifted.

He said the new HPCEDA members will fill critical roles on the board and bring ideas for future growth across the county.

The annual meeting was held at the Dajcor Aluminum plant in the Coalfields Industrial Park.

Dajcor gave attendees a tour of their 300,000 square foot facility.

The plant has been operating since 2020 and company officials said they are buying new equipment and increasing their workforce.

Human resources manager Teresa Blair told WYMT she will be looking to fill 35 general laborer positions this summer, starting with a job fair.

“Experience will give them an edge, but we’re also looking for people who don’t have any experience,” Blair said. “We do all the training here at the factory.”

The fair will be held on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the factory in the coalfield industrial park.

Interested applicants should bring photo ID and a Social Security card.

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