Lamont announces Connecticut Department of Labor and Hartford Athletic team up for veteran hiring and diversity exhibit
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Labor and Hartford Athletic are teaming up to host the first annual Veterans Hiring and Diversity Exhibition at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm The event is free and participants are encouraged to register online at HartfordAthletic.com/Expo.
The recruitment fair aims to support those who are underemployed, seeking new career opportunities or, more importantly, directly impacted in their careers by COVID-19. Each registered person will also receive a free ticket to the Hartford Athletic Veterans and Military Appreciation Night game against Louisville City FC after the show at 7:00 p.m.
“These types of creative partnerships are exactly what Connecticut needs to continue to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow our economy into the future,” Governor Lamont said. “Serving our Veterans, our diverse communities and those who need us most is one of our most important jobs as a government and as neighbors. I want to thank Hartford Athletic for stepping up support for this important effort, and our excellent team at the Connecticut Department of Labor for their dedication to this mission and to the public-private partnerships that power our state. “
“Connecticut has a market of job seekers. Whether you are just starting out, looking to advance your career, or just looking for a good salary, there are plenty of opportunities in just about every field, ”said Acting Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo. “Through our partners Hartford Athletic and other organizations supporting this event, the Connecticut Department of Labor can bring our American Job Centers and CTHires resources directly to residents and help them find their best jobs.”
“Hartford Athletic is delighted to partner with the Connecticut Department of Labor on this very important initiative,” said Jim Burda, CEO of Hartford Athletic. “As an organization, we are not only committed to providing a world-class football experience, but also providing pathways for all members of our community through our pillars of community support throughout the year. Case studies in other markets have shown that this format creates over 260 new career paths, and we expect even more in this large, diverse city and state. “
The exhibit will host up to 40 organizations that support a diverse workforce providing opportunities for veterans, people of color, women and people with disabilities. In conjunction with event partners, registrants will also benefit from educational opportunities, including resume assistance, interview strategies, and advice on how to dress for success. Supporting partners for the event include the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Stop & Shop.
The Connecticut Department of Labor is the Connecticut state’s workforce agency. It provides worker, employment and employer training, wages and safety at work, and labor market information. The programs are supported by state and federal funds.