GRAND PRAIRIE – The City of Grand Prairie’s Chamber of Commerce held a multi-industry job fair Friday in order to fill as many as 30 positions at Grand Prairie companies, which were immediately hiring.
Because of the huge need for employees, the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce took the initiative to provide the event to both Chamber and non-Chamber members due to the need by local employers fill open positions.
“We are in the business of building business and serving our community as a whole,” said Michelle Madden, President/CEO Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. “When our member businesses have a need, it’s our duty to find solutions. As much as we serve our community business partners, we have been part of the Grand Prairie community for more than 75 years and have a commitment to the citizens and strive to meet their needs as well.”
While the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce has not held many job fairs in the past, Madden said the last one they had resulted in a line wrapped around the building.
Companies participating Friday included Traders Village, HotWorx, Dallas County HR, Epic Waters, City of Grand Prairie, IKEA, Olive Garden, Workforce Solutions and even Lone Star Park/Global Gaming Solutions, to name a few.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with the Chamber and appreciate their efforts in helping us find great applicants to join our GPISD team,” says Karry Chapman, GPISD’s Chief of Human Capital.
Continued Momentum & Growth
Business in Grand Prairie is important to the city’s growth because as Stewart McGregor, CEcD Business Manager/Retail, Office & Hospitality, City of Grand Prairie said “Commercial and Business Personal Property values make up about $9.15 billion of the total certified values of a little over $17 billion. Therefore, a little more than half of the city’s property tax base is covered by commercial businesses.”
He added that sales tax projections made up approximately $67,000,000 in revenues for the city based on the 2% assessment – 1% – general fund and remaining 1% to other dedicated local uses.
“In regard to new businesses – we continue to market ourselves to a variety of prospects in varying industries – no direct numbers,” McGregor said. “We continue to see momentum of the 161 corridor in regard to commercial development interest. We hope to greater diversify our employment base with additional retail, restaurants, corporate office/headquarters space, tourism and helping our industrial base to continue to succeed.”
The Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce includes partnerships with business, civic and educational leaders. Its goal is to become the foremost resource for goods and services for both businesses and citizens of Grand Prairie.