The City of South Bend and Goodwill Industries of Michiana, along with several other regional partners, announce the launch of the Jobs Progress initiative, aimed at connecting community members facing unemployment or reduced hours with employers who are hiring in the region.
The online portal – – launched Friday, May 1, 2020. The site is intended to provide up-to-date listings of employers in the greater South Bend region who are hiring. Employers listed are located within roughly 35 miles of South Bend, meet criteria for essential businesses allowed to be open, and are actively hiring. The site will also allow employers to describe the COVID-19-related safety and precautionary measures they are taking.
“We know that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted workers and families in our region, many of whom face uncertainty about if or when they can return to work,” said Mayor James Mueller. “During these tough economic conditions there are employers actively hiring, and there will be more as the economy re-opens. This initiative is about helping our community find work more easily, now and into our recovery.”
Employers who are hiring are encouraged to submit their job listings on the portal. Job seekers can search and filter for jobs from a list of over 140 employers who are already listed as hiring.
“Goodwill’s mission to empower our community through education, training and job placement fits perfectly with this initiative.” said Debie Coble, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Michiana.  “We are pleased to partner with the City as we re-open businesses throughout Michiana.”
In addition to the City and Goodwill, other regional partners including WorkOne Northern Indiana, the South Bend Regional Chamber, Ivy Tech Community College, and the South Bend Elkhart Regional Partnership are assisting in promoting and supporting the initiative.
The City has partnered with Yext, a New York-based technology provider that is developing the platform pro bono.
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