Web-first version: Campaign goal to find 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 paychecks by July 31

Central Valley Business Journal, February 2012

By KEITH MICHAUD/Business Journal Editor

MODESTO – Economic development officials in Stanislaus County are nudging local businesses into doing something they already want to do – hire just one more person.

Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance’s StanTogether campaign has a lofty goal: 1,000 new jobs in Stanislaus County between now and July 31. Each new job means a new paycheck that can go to paying for local services and products that in turn causes a need for filling even more jobs.

Alliance officials have reason to be confident that they will meet the mark and then some. Already 70 new jobs have been listed and filled, said Alisha Cruz, Alliance marketing intern working on the project.

“What we’re hoping to get across is that there are some businesses that need just a little push to make that hire,” said Cruz.

Teri Adams-Jones said businesses receive a variety of incentives for participating in the program and a business’ location may be the basis for one such incentive.

“The businesses address may qualify them for possible hiring tax credits,” said Adams-Jones, referring to enterprise zone incentives. “The hiring tax credit is a total value over a five-year period of $37,440 per qualified employee.”

There are also on-the-job-training reimbursement incentives when a business hires a military service veteran.

Cruz said participating businesses also get bonus incentives – business logos go on the StanTogether website with a link to the business’ website, advertising on the website, recognition on Kat County radio and a community page, and a decal to display in their business to show that they are participating in a program to meet the 1,000 jobs goal. There’s even a YouTube presentation to explain the importance of 1,000 jobs and 1,000 pay checks.

“We want businesses to know they’re not alone,” said Adams-Jones. “We know that there are some businesses that have been wanting to hire someone, but just haven’t been willing to.”

There’s more information about the program on the StanTogether website. Interested Stanislaus County businesses can contact the campaign by calling the Alliance at 209-567-4985.

To read more about StanTogether, pick up the March edition of the Central Valley Business Journal or visit the website at www.cvbizjournal.com.

Contact the author about this and other stories at kmichaud@cvbizjournal.com.


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