Mayor hosts opportunity showcase for young job seekers


by Johnny Archer

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 12:51 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Young adults are scheduled to take over the future of Louisville.

The 9th annual Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Showcase brought employers and young talent under one roof at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Fern Creek senior Josh Fraser came dressed in a button up shirt and tie looking to impress employers.

“I think it’s amazing how there’s all these jobs that are ready for young students like us that are actually ready for the workforce,” he said.

Young adults ranging in age from16 to 21-years-old have a variety of options from some 35 employers offering more than 900 summer and part-time jobs.

“This is great for the local economy. It’s really great for these young people who are going to get incredible experience actually figuring out how to apply for jobs,” Congressman John Yarmuth said.

Jobs that political leaders want to see grow in Louisville and are attractive to young talent.

“So we want to keep our own kids here as well. And one of the best ways is to get a great summer job. Make a great first impression, maybe stay with that company, and get a little help going to college, come back work for that company if it’s the right career for you as well,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

There were positions offered from companies such as the Louisville Zoo to those at Home Depot.

Possibly long-term careers that start with a simple handshake.

The job fair was sponsored by a host of organizations including Kentuckiana Works.