The Resource Workforce Investment Board (Resource) celebrated the opening of its newest Resource Workforce Center at 203 East Cary Street in the heart of Downtown Richmond on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Richmond Mayor, Dwight Jones, joined the honorable James Holland, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisor and Chairman of Resource’s Consortium of Local Elected Officials; the honorable Ellen Robertson, Richmond City Council Vice President, and Deborah Wickham, Chairman of the Resource Workforce Investment Board to christen the new facility. More than 125 community partners, officials and job seekers were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new 15,189 square foot Resource Workforce Center in the heart of Downtown Richmond at the corner of 3rd and E. Cary Streets.
“This new workforce center works hand-in-hand with our local efforts to provide the best possible opportunities for all residents who are seeking jobs,” said Mayor Jones. “When we increase the skills and readiness of our people they are able to compete for good jobs. This helps not only them and their families but it benefits our local businesses and our entire region.”
The new Center will offer workforce development services to the more than 1 million citizens of the Capital Region, which includes the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent Powhatan and the City of Richmond. The goal of the Center is to enhance the regional economy by offering demand driven workforce development services that meet the workforce needs of local employers while providing opportunities for jobseekers to find paths to sustaining and fulfilling employment. The Center like all Resource Workforce Center features a resource room that jobseekers can use to access the internet for job searches, as well as to access printers and faxes to assist in submitting job applications and resumes. Center staff offers jobseeker services like resume reviews, career counseling, mock interviews, workshops and for individuals who qualify, intensive training that may include tuition to local colleges, universities, and technical training schools.
Speaking during the ribbon cutting ceremony, Supervisor Holland highlighted the importance of the Center to the entire region. “This center will benefit the entire Richmond Metro Area, and as a result jobseekers from across the region will now have access to the knowledge and skills training that the local businesses need.”
The new Center is significantly larger than the space it replaces at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike, which Resource shared with Goodwill of Central Virginia. The move also provides Resource with larger and more modern classroom, conference and office space that will enhance the services offered by Resource staff to jobseekers and business owners alike.
The central location of the Center in the region makes it more accessible to a greater number of jobseekers in the region via GRTC and the nearby Downtown Express Way.
The new Center joins the Eastern Henrico Resource Workforce Center in offering dedicated facilities for the Resource Youth Network’s out of school youth program; the Resource GOALS Institute.
Resource operates three workforce centers in the Capital Region including the new Downtown Resource Workforce Center. The other locations are at 7333 White Pine Road in Chesterfield County by the County Airport and at 121 Cedar Fork Road in Eastern Henrico just off of Nine Mile Road.