Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The unemployed and underemployed, particularly in west Charlotte, has been a concern for Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield.
At the beginning of the year shortly after she was elected, Mayfield said, "I started reaching out to Jerry Orr and having conversations and dropping the seed to say what would it look like for the airport to have a local job fair?"
A few weeks ago, Mayfield said airport staff told her they were able to compile a list of dozens of opportunities to present at a job fair that's now set for next week in west Charlotte. An airport representative said 15 employers are looking to fill more than 60 positions in retail, ground transportation, airline services, and food and beverage.
Yolanda Carraway owns "A Mouthful" restaurant off Tuckaseegee Road. She said people who come through her doors aren't just requesting food from the menu. "I have people that come in everyday asking if me if I am hiring, asking for applications." Carraway said, "But with this being a small business we have very limited employment opportunities."
She is glad to hear about the job fair in her neighborhood and would like to see more companies offering opportunities in the future.
"Any employment opportunities that can be provided for the community would be great," she said.
The promotional job fair is open to everyone in the city. It will be next Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at CPCC Harris campus located at 3210 CPCC West Campus Drive.
Attendees are asked to wear business attire and bring multiple copies of their resumes.