Organization providing assistance to local businesses, employees affected by COVID-19

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) has launched a new online resource center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This center, located at jobsinbrookings.com, is designed to help connect displaced workers looking for immediate employment with Brookings area employers who are still hiring temporary, short-term and seasonal positions.

With more online content now available, and in an effort to inspire continuous growth and learning, BEDC developed a key feature on the website to serve as a training resource center. This section offers free career development courses, training webinars and virtual conferences for individuals who are interested in using their extra time at home to learn new skills or build their resumes.

“As the Brookings region navigates through the many challenges of COVID-19, BEDC is committed to addressing the needs of our local businesses and residents,” said Sarah Hauge, BEDC’s Director of Workforce Development. “Tools like jobsinbrookings.com will be instrumental in helping address both the short and long-term economic impacts of this uncertain time.”

Business who have positions to post are encouraged to reach out to Hauge by calling (605) 695-3250 or sending an email to sarah@brookingsedc.com. There is no charge to post employment opportunities on the site.

BEDC has been communicating with the business community to determine what additional resources are needed because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and collaborating with local partners to provide that assistance. A few of the activities undertaken to date include:

Hiring Survey

BEDC is seeking information from local employers about job opportunities available for displaced workers that can then be shared on jobsinbrookings.com. Businesses are also asked to provide changes in hiring practices and anticipated workforce changes.

Child Care Survey

BEDC’s workforce team surveyed local child care providers to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting child care accessibility.

“Of the 38 providers surveyed, 10 had current openings and 5 more were taking drop-ins,” said Hauge. Employees who are struggling with finding child care are encouraged to reach out to BEDC to connect with those providers.

Business Resources Center

BEDC has been working closely with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce to provide the most current information related to the federal stimulus package and grant and loan programs available to local businesses, as well as guidance for employers related to the coronavirus pandemic. These resources can be found at brookingschamber.org/covid-19-info.

“BEDC’s mission is to build the economy by leading collaborative efforts that support a prosperous place to live, learn, work and play,” said Al Heuton, BEDC’s Executive Director. “While the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed our normal business operations and focus, our commitment to local businesses and the community remains the same. We will continue to seek out information and resources and share as these become available as well as implement programs that help mitigate the economic impact on the Brookings region.”  

Local businesses and residents needing assistance are encouraged to contact BEDC by calling (605) 697-8103 or sending an email to bedc@brookingsedc.com.

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