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Glenwood Springs meetings to focus on new jobs for the unemployed

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A pair of upcoming meetings in Glenwood Springs and Rifle seek to engage unemployed people and others in identifying new jobs, products and services to help improve the current employment situation in Garfield County.

Nick Isenberg, Wewer Keohane and Tonja LaFrenz will host the event, titled “Community Employment Connection ” Working Together to Keep Hope Alive,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

A second meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 19 at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, with additional emphasis on support systems for people who are out of work as well as generating ideas to get people back to work.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both meetings.

“We can’t wait for other people to solve our economic problems,” said Isenberg, a freelance reporter and independent video producer from Glenwood Springs. “We have to find new ways to use the talents, skills and resources people already have … but never thought about as assets.”

LaFrenz, owner of Office Services Unlimited in Rifle, adds, “One of the primary focuses of these meetings will be to assist those who are unemployed by teaching them to think in a more creative way in order to survive being jobless.

“The hope is to generate ideas that may lead to a new career or business opportunity,” she said. “If nothing else, attendees will meet other members of the community who either are going through the same situation or who have the means to help.”

The May 11 meeting will be facilitated by Wewer Keohane, former executive vice president and CEO of Sport Obermeyer, as well as a Carbondale artist, author and owner of the Oneirica Art Ranch.

The meetings are being sponsored by Alpine Bank, the city of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Mountain College, Office Services Unlimited, Oneirica Art Ranch and Neil News LLC.

Any other individuals, organizations and companies that would like to become involved can call Tonja LaFrenz at (970) 930-0068.

The Glenwood Springs Community Center is located at 100 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs. The CMC West Garfield Campus is located at 3695 Airport Road in Rifle.

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