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The City of Bowling Green's Web Site www.bgky.org

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DATE: November 6, 2012
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT: Leyda Becker 270.393.3766

City of Bowling Green to hold Refugee and Immigrant Job Development
Forum November 8

Bowling Green, KY -  The City of Bowling Green International
Communities Advisory Council will hold a free refugee and immigrant job
development forum for local employers on Thursday, November 8,
7:30a.m.–9:00 a.m., at the Parks and Recreation Community Room, 225
East Third Avenue, Bowling Green, KY. The 2012 Refugee and Immigrant Job
Development Forum will focus on opportunities to connect local employers
to the City's diverse workforce.

According to the Kentucky Office for Refugees, the Department of State
commissioned the resettlement of nearly 2,000 refugees in Bowling Green,
KY between years 2008 – 2012.  "Self-sufficiency for refugee families
means finding employment as soon as they arrive in Bowling Green,”
said International Communities Liaison for the City of Bowling Green
Leyda Becker. "The forum is designed to bring together employers,
community service providers, and refugee and immigrant community leaders
to discuss how local employers can benefit from diversifying their
workforce.”

The event will feature panel discussions from refugee representatives
who will share about their resettlement process. Job developers will
share resources available to local employers to match workforce needs
with local skills, and local companies will share the benefits of
employing refugees and immigrants. The event will also feature the story
of a former refugee turned successful business owner and the company's
impact in our local economic development. 

This event is free and no registration is required.  A light breakfast
will be provided and free educational materials and resources will be
available to all attendees.   For more information contact Leyda
Becker at 270-393-3766 or email at leyda.becker@bgky.org