Aiken task force targets ways to attract young professionals

According to the 2015 Regional Workforce Study conducted by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, Ai­ken, Allendale and Barnwell counties in South Carolina and Columbia and Richmond coun­ties in Georgia are expected to average about 7,500 job open­ings annually through 2019.


The 24-member task force will develop strategies and recom­mendations to effectively de­velop, attract and retain young professionals.   File photo

According to the 2015 Regional Workforce Study conducted by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, Ai­ken, Allendale and Barnwell counties in South Carolina and Columbia and Richmond coun­ties in Georgia are expected to average about 7,500 job open­ings annually through 2019.

Aiken Chamber Chair Charlie Hartz has appointed a 24-member task force to develop strategies and recom­mendations to effectively de­velop, attract and retain young professionals with and without families to the area to meet the workforce needs of business and industry.

The Compelling Place to Live Task Force will be chaired by Sandra Jordan, Chamber board member and chancellor of USC Aiken. Rick McLeod, president and CEO of the Sa­vannah River Site Community Reuse Organization, will be the vice chair.

“This task force is an op­portunity to shape the future of Aiken and the region to be a compelling place to live, work and play,” McLeod said.

The final report will be sub­mitted to the Chamber Board of Directors at its August meeting.

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