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Movers & Shakers April 16, 2010

| April 16, 2010 9:00 PM

U.S. Labor Department official to discuss opportunity

A top U.S. Department of Labor official will discuss community opportunities at the 2010 Rural Conference on strategies for revitalizing rural America.

Grace Kilbane, the administrator of the Office of Workforce Investment and former director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance Services, will offer the Obama Administration's perspective on energizing the nation's rural areas as they come out of the current recession.

Kilbane speaks during the second day of the May 4-6 conference at The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Also addressing conference participants will be Cheryl Cook, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, who will discuss policies for enhancing the economy of rural America.

Online registration and more information on the conference are available at http://www.ruralconference2010.com/.

No changes planned for existing Post Falls Wal-Mart

A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company plans to keep the company's existing Post Falls store on Mullan Avenue a Wal-Mart.

"There are no plans to change that," Josh Phair said.

Phair said the new Post Falls Wal-Mart near Cabela's is expected to open in late summer and the new store in Hayden along U.S. 95 in early fall.

The Post Falls store is expected to employ about 250 and the Hayden store about 300, Phair said.

The hiring process will begin mid-summer. Wal-Mart will establish hiring centers near the sites, Phair said.

Specialty Tractor of Post Falls receives certification for 2009

KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong Industrial Co., Ltd, announced that Specialty Tractor of Post Falls has received KIOTI's 5-PAW Dealer Excellence Certification for 2009.

KIOTI's 5-PAW program features five dealership evaluation areas: sales, service, parts, marketing and organizational standards.

KIOTI's 5-PAW Dealer Excellence Program was initiated in 2008 to recognize KIOTI dealerships that promote professionalism, have a high level of customer satisfaction and provide superior service on an ongoing basis.

Bonner Mall in Ponderay to host Career Fair April 28

On Wednesday, April 28 at the Bonner Mall in Ponderay, businesses will accept applications and some will perform on-site interviews at the fifth annual Career Fair.

"One of the most challenging obstacles in obtaining a job is 'getting your foot in the door,' and the Career Fair allows job seekers opportune face-to-face interaction with employers," says Amy Little, president and CEO of the chamber.

According to event organizers, current job openings from participating employers include a mix of part time, full time and temporary occupations in health care, manufacturing, administration, services, education and management.

Job seekers are also encouraged to prepare for the event by researching the participating employers, bringing plenty of resumes catered to the job/s sought, preparing a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers, and dressing appropriately to create a dynamic first-impression.

An updated list of participating employers is available online at www.SandpointChamber.com.

The Career Fair will be from noon to 6 p.m..

For more information, job listings or to register for the aforementioned workshops, call the Idaho Department of Labor at (208) 263-7544 or visit labor.idaho.gov.

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