FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is holding its first career and resource fair on Sept. 21, to help veterans re-enter the workforce, sharpen their job-hunting skills and gain better access to education and training tools set up for their benefit.
Kansas City Convention Center is the designated venue for the KCMO Veterans Career and Resource Fair, which is being billed as an annual, one-stop shop for veterans either recently returning to the workforce or actively seeking employment.
“Returning servicemen and women face challenges when re-entering the private sector,” Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner said. “The Veterans Career & Resource Fair will provide a variety of ways for them to make that transition easier, and to introduce new opportunities for all veterans. After all, we owe it to them for their sacrifices for our country.”
In addition to the employers on hand to grant immediate interviews, there also will be tutorials on topics like dressing appropriately, health care and resume and cover-letter writing.
Kansas City is the national headquarters for Veterans of Foreign Wars and host of the 2018 VFW National Convention, so this comprehensive resource fair should only strengthen the existing bond with veterans.
“We are committed to supporting the more than 30,000 veterans in our metro area and we see this as a practical way to establish an annual focal point that connects these dedicated patriots with companies and agencies prepared to demonstrate our commitment to their success,” said Bob Bennett, the City’s new chief innovation officer who transitioned into his latest role after a 24-year career with the U.S. Armed Forces.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and about 200 vendors are expected to register by the Sept. 12 deadline.
Patrick J. Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army, will deliver the keynote address in the morning.
Major sponsors and supporting partners for the fair include: Bunker Labs; Pipe Fitters Local 533; Cerner; Country Financial; DST Systems; Full Employment Council; Johnson County Community College; Metro Community College; Northrop Grumman; the United Way of Greater Kansas City; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Bunker Labs.
Check out kcmo.gov/veteransfair for information about the event and sponsorships. Media inquiries should be directed to City Communications Director Chris Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-513-3474.