Biz Chat 016 The Smart Place Jobs Tool with Lucia Cape

We've Launched Alabama's First Statewide Business focused Twitter Chat - #BizChatAL  This week we're talking to @luciacape from @huntsvillealcoc about the @asmartplace Jobs tool & its role in the economic development process throughout North Alabama. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

@asmartplace is a campaign of @huntsvillealcoc that connects job seekers with open positions & students with careers across North Alabama. It includes http://www.asmartplace.com  with a job search & career awareness portal along with dedicated staff & programming. Our team includes Workforce Director Georgina Chapman @glchapman, Career Engagement Specialist Kent Ballard @kentballardjr1 & a Workforce Recruitment Director: coming soon!

The career awareness portal has hundreds of occupational videos, many featuring workers from the Tennessee Valley, as well as online courses. @asmartplace also hosts Industry Insights – tours & discussions with HR professionals for regional high school career prep & career tech teachers & counselors. We’ve focused on health care, cyber, engineering, advanced manufacturing & construction so far. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

Workforce is the #1 factor for new & expanding companies. We have low unemployment but high misalignment between post-secondary student pursuits & high-demand careers. We also have a high % of high school seniors who graduate without any career or education plans. New this spring @asmartplace is hosting Senior Sprint, a hiring event for 12th graders who don’t have plans after graduation. Dozens of employers signed up. We are also planning round 2 of our Second Chance job fair for the un/underemployed. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

Awareness of the jobs currently available in North Alabama is the top priority for @asmartplace. From K12 students to senior-level professionals in other parts of the country, we want everyone to know about the job prospects here & the quality of life a “smart” career can bring. A smart career is one that provides a living wage & growth potential across any of our regional industries. Check out this list for North Alabama jobs that will be available through 2027. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

Students, teachers, parents & employers across North Alabama! @huntsvillealcoc hosts @asmartplace for the entire region, promoting 16 counties. Job searches are tagged to employer zip codes for North Alabama seekers, so the site benefits all of us. Check out the full map, HERE. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

Build a profile, explore careers & follow the education links to the best options for your career choice. We’re fortunate in North Alabama to have a lot of strong 2- and 4-year schools that can prepare students for a smart career, as well as @aidtedu. We really encourage parents to engage on the portal with their children. Most adults don't even know what opportunities are out there or how to help their kids pursue them. #BizChatAL

Biz Chat Alabama

@huntsvillealcoc is engaging our new and expanding employers to provide content & post jobs @asmartplace to increase their pool of applicants. Our goal is to give them more & better qualified people to hire, now and in the future. We encourage our Chamber partners across the region to use @asmartplace as part of their workforce programs, too. Contact Georgina Chapman (gchapman@hsvchamber.org) @glchapman to get engaged. #BizChatAL

Thank you, Lucia!


Want to be part of the statewide #BizChatAL conversation? Feel free to reach out to sstahl@scottsboro.org if you would like to join us as a featured guest, or hop in the chat every Thursday on Twitter from 2-3PM/CST on our twitter account: @mtlakeschamber or by following the #BizChatAL hashtag.

Sarah Stahl