April 10, 2012 – The MetroWest Daily News – Mayor Arthur Vigeant introduced a few new initiatives, including a city-sponsored job fair, last night and highlighted the achievements he has made so far during his first term in office. In an address to the City Council to mark his first 100 days in office, Vigeant announced that the city, in partnership with the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. and Quinsigamond Community College, will host a jobs fair in June.
“This jobs fair is a bold but necessary step, not only to help our city residents who may be struggling, but also to help the many businesses in our area that are in need of talented individuals to join their workforce,” he said.
Vigeant said he is unaware of any other town or city in the state that has directly sponsored a jobs fair.
He said the idea came out of a series of calls he made to the city’s largest employers after taking office this year. Vigeant said he plans to continue to contact more local companies before the jobs fair to boost interest.
Before the event, Quinsigamond will help the city hold employment readiness and resume workshops for people looking for jobs.
Vigeant said there will be some cost associated with the program and asked the City Council for its cooperation as his office tries to move the plan forward.
He said the impending arrival of TJX and agreements he has reached with city unions are among his office’s top accomplishments so far.
“I am happy to report that in our short time working together for the people and businesses who call Marlborough home, we have had several early achievements that I am pleased to highlight for you tonight,” he said.
Vigeant said the decision by TJX Companies to buy two buildings on Puritan Way from Fidelity Investments will be a financial boon for years to come.
“Not only will this enhance the vacant Fidelity property, but infuse an additional 1,600 jobs to our city that will help our local and family-owned establishments,” he said.
Vigeant shared credit for the TJX deal with the City Council and the Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
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