Partnership program aims to get young adults into the workforce

Northeast Alabama
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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A program designed to bring students into the workforce is making its way around the Tennessee Valley.

Students and recent graduates from colleges and universities across Alabama listened intently inside the Guntersville Municipal Airport as Marshall County and Guntersville economic development leaders spoke about the career path.

They're participants in a program that is taking them through cities across the state.

"This is actually part of our internship program that we started a few years ago through EDAA. That's our Economic Development Association of Alabama," Alabama Department of Commerce Associate Project Manager Vince Perez says.

It's a program that partners with state, local, and regional entities designed to give young adults aspiring to enter the economic development field a taste of how that career works.

"There's a realization that the economic development workforce is aging very quickly and no one was going to be able to fill the gap, so they took the initiative upon themselves to start recruiting younger people to join the economic development profession," Perez says.

Among the stops in larger cities like Birmingham and Huntsville, Perez says the goal in stopping in a smaller city like Guntersville is to show the students how economic development varies.

"We take them to different parts of the state to show them the benefits of economic development and they also have a project they work on as well," Perez says.

The program will move on to Mobile and Montgomery in the next few weeks.

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