KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Dozens of companies all coming together to put Eastern Kentuckians back to work.
EKCEP hosted a Mega Job Fair at the Knott County Sportsplex Thursday with the goal of turning around the fortunes of some of the mountains’ unemployed.
"The goal is to help people to gain or regain employment possibly due to the downturn in the coal industry," said Trish Adams and Industry Liaison with EKCEP.
EKCEP with services 23 counties, holds job fairs all year long. The majority of them fill immediate needs for 2 or 3 companies. However, about twice a year they hold mega job fairs that host 40 or more companies.
After talking to a handful of people, Adams found that people were looking forward to the opportunities the fair had to offer.
"They're very excited. I talked to one gentleman who had his CDL and hazmat and we feel very confident that he has already gained employment here today," said Adams.
The gentleman she was talking about is Greg Combs. Gary was laid off due to the turn in the coal industry. His main goal today was to find a job close to home.
"I’ll hopefully get a local job. There's not a lot of truck driving jobs in this region anymore. Coal's gone anything that does with coal it’s gone. You're looking at going away from here and hopefully, this job fair will get me through all of this," said Greg Combs a truck driver.
Combs has been a trucker for a long time and it’s what he wants to continue to do. He said he has just one recommendation after attending the job fair.
"They need to have them more often, different companies, more than what we have today they need to get them in here and get us some jobs, for one thing," said Combs.