Grants for Lee County businesses that hire high-wage workers; Thursday hiring event


From engineers to computer technicians, companies could soon be paid to hire high-paying positions in a bid to attract the best and brightest to Lee County. A local business is even hosting a hiring event on Thursday.

New home construction is booming in Southwest Florida, but between high demand and labor shortages, business is squeezed on both sides. Raymond Building Supply is hosting several hiring events starting Thursday, and new hires could start their roles immediately.

Little experience is needed as the company wants to fill entry-level positions.
He is currently looking for truss assemblers, site associates, truck drivers and more, all because the construction industry has been trampled by housing demand.

Mike Stevens, the president of the sourcing company, says they really try to keep up, which is why they bring everyone in for walk-in interviews and can hire people on the spot.

“It’s really, really concerning to us that the community is suffering,” Stevens said. ” We are suffering. The construction industry is suffering right now, trying to provide housing and shelter for the people of Southwest Florida, we are struggling. So we’re appealing… for a little help. And for this help, we will give you a good job with great benefits.

The employment event runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Raymond Building Supply located at 7751 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers. The company says it will also hold more hiring events on Thursdays as long as the need for employees remains.

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency wants smart, skilled people to come to the Fort Myers area and apply for jobs, and it offers business incentives in hopes of encouraging them.

The ARC offers grants to Fort Myers businesses that recruit candidates for full-time, well-paying jobs. Not just any jobs, but particularly in fields such as engineering and life sciences, light assembly, computing and technology.

Stevens says all help is good help, but incentives like these aren’t necessarily necessary.

“Well, we’ll hire you, you don’t have to pay me to hire you,” Stevens said. “We are in so much pain. We will take good help. And, you know, even though it’s a great program, we really don’t need any incentive to hire people. We just need people.

At 9:00 a.m., the CRA Board of Commissioners will discuss the progress of this program.

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