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CAO to host Annual Job Fair 2024

The Community Action Organization of Scioto County (CAO) is preparing for its Annual Job Fair this March 13.

The Job Fair is organized by the Workforce Solutions and Community Development Department, which has just under 30 employees carrying out a plethora of responsibilities, from business development and training opportunities to community development programs that benefit housing, parks, family skills, health treatment opportunities, nutrition, smoking cessation and more. The diverse department has massive implications for positivity in the community and the job fair is only one event they host a year that accomplishes their mission of serving others.

“Our department hosts a variety of events throughout the year, some for expecting families, others for nutrition and wellness; this event focuses on employment opportunities, which is a massive part of what we do, despite having so many other operating programs,” Business and Community Development Manager Joseph Pratt said. “We believe in the motto, “helping people, changing lives,’ and our Director Luanne Valentine always says that the work our department accomplishes falls in the changing lives category.”

The event is being managed by Pratt and Business Resource Services Account Representative Lance Richardson. Richardson has organized many employment events and is looking forward to the upcoming fair.

“Job fairs are critically important to businesses and job seekers in our region, and employers can utilize these job fair events as a leverage resource to find qualified workers,” Richardson said. “In today’s post-pandemic world, the labor market is in demand for workers, and job fair events can help bridge the gap between employers and job seekers where résumés and business cards can be exchanged, and gainful employment can be obtained.”

Job seekers are welcome to attend to see what local employers have to offer. Interested businesses and partners wanting to engage in the fair may email Richardson at

The CAO Annual Job Fair will be held March 13, between 10 a.m. and noon, at the Community Action Scioto County Welcome Center at 342 Second Street.  To learn more about CAO of Scioto County, visit


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