St. Clair Economic Development Council holds 'Existing Industry Seminar'

The St. Clair County Economic Development Council held an "Existing Industry Seminar" on Wednesday at the Pell City Municipal Complex.

PELL CITY -- The St. Clair County Economic Development Council hosted an “Existing Industry Seminar” for local industry and education representatives, highlighting future employment needs and incentive programs to train future workers.

Don Smith, executive director for the Economic Development Council (EDC), said the seminar was focused on helping local industries “find and train employees, so they can be successful in our communities.”

Officials said the seminar is held every two years, generally in the fall.

“This is something we do … to update industries about incentives and training opportunities available to them,” Smith said.

He and said Wednesday’s seminar went well. Jason Roberts, director of industry and workforce development for the EDC, agreed.

“I was pleased,” said Roberts, who organized the event. “The attendance and quality of the presentations were good.”

Representatives from the Alabama Department of Revenue; Alabama Industrial Development Training; Central Six Alabama Works, Region 4; Alabama Career Services; and Jefferson State Community College spoke at the half-day seminar.

“This seminar updates our existing industries of any changes in incentive programs and workforce training opportunities,” Roberts said.

The four-hour event was in the large banquet room at the Pell City Municipal Complex on Bruce Etheredge Parkway.

Topics included incentives available under the Alabama Jobs Act; the state’s on-the-job training program that can save industries up to 75 percent of wages for trainees; along with training and educational opportunities at Jefferson State Community College.

“If you have any questions or concerns, now is the time to bring it up,” Roberts told those in attendance.

He said the number of jobs in St. Clair County is increasing, wages are climbing and unemployment rates continue to remain low.