Fort Worth Career Fair – October 26, 2017 Job Fairs & Hiring Events in Fort Worth TX

Fort Worth Career Fair – October 26, 2017 Job Fairs & Hiring Events in Fort Worth TX
Event on 2017-10-26 11:00:00
Fort Worth Career Fair LOCATION:   Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel 1701 Commerce St Fort Worth, TX 76102 DATE & TIME:   OCTOBER 26, 2017 11AM – 2PM   WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND OUR FORT WORTH CAREER FAIR Open the doors of opportunity when you meet and interview with the top hiring companies in Fort Worth. This career fair will allow you to learn about the businesses that are hiring and what their hiring needs are. Tired of sending your resume over the web to get no responses back? Put a face with a name and make a great first impression. Register today, and you could get hired live at our next career fair in Fort Worth.   INDUSTRIES THAT HIRE AT OUR CAREER FAIRS    Accommodations, Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace, Agriculture & Agribusiness, Air Transportation, Apparel & Accessories, Auto, Banking, Beauty & Cosmetics, Biotechnology, Chemical, Communications, Computer, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Education, Electronics, Employment, Energy, Entertainment & Recreation, Fashion, Financial Services, Fine Arts, Food & Beverage, Green Technology, Health, Information, Information Technology, Insurance, Journalism & News, Legal Services, Manufacturing, Media & Broadcasting, Medical Devices & Supplies, Motion Pictures & Video, Music, Pharmaceutical, Public Administration, Public Relations, Publishing, Real Estate, Retail, Service, Sports, Technology, Telecommunications, Tourism, Transportation, Travel, Utilities, Video Game, Web Services    BENEFIT PACKAGES OFFERED BY EMPLOYERS Salaried Positions Base Salary + Positions  Bonuses Commission Life Insurance Paid Holidays Paid Company Training Management Training Rapid Career Advancement   FREE FOR ALL JOB SEEKERS! Be prepared to interview with hiring managers and recruiters from the top hiring companies in Fort Worth. Dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes.    EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT?  We have received hundreds of job seeker registrations for this event contact us today to reserve a spot at this event for your company. https://www.besthirecareerfairs.com/job-fairs/fort-worth-job-fairs/

at Shula’s 347 Grill
1701 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, United States

Public Relations Society of America Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter Hosts Event at iHeartMedia Radio Studio in Miramar

Public Relations Society of America Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter Hosts Event at iHeartMedia Radio Studio in Miramar
Event on 2015-08-20 11:30:00
PRSA’s Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter is hosting a special behind-the scenes tour of iHeart Media’s radio studio in Miramar. Attendees will hear first-hand from on-air talent, program directors, executive producers and promotions directors on topics such as the state of radio in today’s media climate, how to reach your target audience through your pitches, cross promotions and events.
Who: Station tour includes studios and guests from The Beat 103.5, Big 105.9, 940 WINZ Sports , Y100, 610 WIOD News Talk and Family Variety My 93.9, and WMGE Mega 94.9 Hispanic Radio.
Speakers include:
• Lonny Anger, President of iHeartMedia Fort Lauderdale/Miami
• Grace Blazer, Program Director for WINZ and WIOD
• Steve Harmon, Executive Producer for Paul and Young Ron Show
• Dave Faber, Promotions Directors for the entire studio
• Stu Opperman of Impact Players PR will moderate

When: August 20, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: iHeartMedia Studios (formerly ClearChannel)
7601 Riviera Blvd.
Miramar, FL 33023

Cost: Member Ticket
Non-Member Ticket
Student Ticket

Rates increase by at the door.

Early Registration: http://prsagreaterfortlauderdale.org/meetinginfo.php?id=103&ts=1435775510

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About The Public Relations Society of America Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter:
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter is one of 111 PRSA chapters throughout the United States covering the geographic area of Broward County, Fla. With more than 22,000 professional members and 10,000 student members, PRSA is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. Its members represent many facets of public relations including corporate communications, technology, public affairs, financial communications, healthcare, non-profit, education, travel and tourism, government, technology and international public relations. For more information on how to become a PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter member, visit www.prsagreaterfortlauderdale.org

at iHeartMedia Studios (formerly ClearChannel)
7601 Riviera Blvd.
Hollywood, United States

Horton Group in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida offers Inbound Marketing Services

Horton Group in Florida has added inbound marketing to its expansive selection of services in Fort Myers and Naples, FL. Inbound marketing is a marketing practice that focuses on leading buyers through the purchasing funnel with remarkable content.

As part of Horton Groups inbound marketing services, clients can expect to receive a proven strategy for attracting, converting, closing and delighting customers as well as a team of experienced marketers to assist in implementation.

We are excited to be offering inbound marketing services to our clients, said Julie Chadbourne, Director of Operations. Inbound marketing will help clients to attract more leads and generate more sales for their business.

Inbound marketing differs from outbound marketing in that it focuses on earning peoples trust, rather than interrupting them with irrelevant messages. As a result of a more focused marketing program, inbound leads cost 60% less than outbound leads, according to Search Engine Journal.

Horton Group in Florida provides a variety of both traditional and digital marketing services to clients across Naples and Fort Myers, FL, including inbound marketing, web development, public relations, print design and video production. By helping guide clients marketing efforts, the agency helps businesses maintain focus on what makes them great.

Learn more about Horton Group in Naples and Fort Myers, FL by calling (239) 495-7967 or by visiting http://www.hortonflorida.com/.


Fort Worth's park score drops in national ranking

Fort Worth's park score drops in national ranking
The percentage of land Fort Worth dedicates to parks and residents' access to parks landed it near the bottom of an annual ranking of parks in the country's 75 largest cities. Fort Worth dropped from 40th in 2014 to 60th this year — tied with San …
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Power Ranking Every Liverpool Player from the 2014/15 Premier League Season
Eighteen-year-old academy striker Jerome Sinclair gets an honourable mention here, but he does not feature in our rankings, having played just 25 minutes over two league appearances. But how did everyone else perform in the league this season?
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Georgia Football: Sporting News Ranking Of Football Coaches All Dog
The Sporting News dropped Georgia football head coach Mark Richt to number 26 in its recent ranking of college football head coaches. No one seems to care, nor should they. When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is …
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Starmark Campaign Cracks the Code on Millennial Interests for Greater Fort Lauderdale


Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Starmark International, a full-service integrated communications agency, recently developed the first integrated millennial tourism campaign for client, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB).

A benchmark study in the Northeast and Midwest, Florida tourism feeder markets, revealed that millennials did not have Greater Fort Lauderdale in their vacation mindset at all. This was a wakeup call that we needed to find a way to resonate with this important market, said Lisa Hoffman-Linero, Starmark Chief Marketing Officer. We needed to start from the beginning to make millennials aware of the destination, then to fall in love with it and ultimately book a vacation, stated Hoffman-Linero, Starmark Chief Marketing Officer.

The objective of the campaign was to introduce the GFLCVB Hello Sunny brand to the younger market, which now makes up 25% of the American population. We saw a tremendous growth opportunity in these markets, explained Kim Butler, GFLCVB Vice President, Marketing and Communications. We knew none of our competitors had been advertising to millennials in this way, and we saw this as our chance to make an impact with them.

Starmark has headlined Floridas state destination marketing awards The Flaglers presented by Visit Florida, with Best of Show for three years in a row. And, in the last four months Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County have led the state in percentage of occupancy of hotel properties, and has celebrated 66 months of continued growth over previous years.

Starmark crafted the main campaign message, which was centered around the fact that Greater Fort Lauderdale offers action-packed fun in a chill beach destination. This positioning helped differentiate the destination from its competitors and set the tone for the vibe of the campaign.

The campaign included seven spots airing as bookends to highlight the juxtaposition of both Greater Fort Lauderdales chill and action-packed vibes. The spots showcased millennials enjoying and sharing activities that the destination has never before featured: horseback riding, bon fires, upscale brunches, beach concerts all activities Starmark discovered were popular with millennials during their focus group study.

Lets face it, this generation has grown up on social media and lives in a 117-characters-or-less world, said Dale Baron, Starmark VP Executive Creative Director. To satisfy discerning twenty-somethings, the campaign was shot to feel bold, spontaneous and authentic pictures needed to speak volumes. The messaging was crafted for social sharing with headlines like “Beach Hair Dont Care.”

The media buy included on-demand TV such as Hulu and ABC Watch, with a target audience of 18-35 years of age in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston during the winter months.

Additional campaign elements included on-demand radio on Pandora and Spotify, targeted digital buys (primarily mobile), and targeted Facebook ads. Starmark also created an original song for the spots, which is now available as a ringtone. All elements drive to a millennial-specific landing page at sunny.org/letsgo

Starmark partnered with LP Media Films for filming and editing. New technology was employed for the production, including the high-end line of Sony F55 Digital 4K Cameras, as well as the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for aerials and one of the the most sophisticated Octo-Copters in the industry. The team also implemented the use of underwater photographers, both still photography and video. A complicated task, various safety units such as police boats, rescue boats and frogmen had to be on hand in case of any unforeseen emergency in the water.

All in all, it was five days of very aggressive shooting, with many complex locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale to maneuver.

The campaign results to date have produced click-thru rates that have surpassed any previous campaign experience by the destination. Starmark tracked and adjusted the media to maximize results and literally cracked the code on resonating with millenials for Greater Fort Lauderdale. To view the video, click https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfp7zKnIs6H8OdEiIaZkW-Ki0JeymI0d


With such impressive numbers, were anticipating even more success as we move ahead with a summer and fall programs, stated Butler.

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About Starmark International

Starmark International, Inc. is a full-service integrated communications agency, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, that serves clients nationally. The agency specializes in strategic thinking, award-winning creative, branding, advertising, interactive and public relations. Since 1978, it has partnered with world-class companies to build measurable results. Starmark delivers fresh perspectives and smart thinking to ignite clients’ business. Then, reinvests the knowledge to maximize return. It’s big ideas. Bottom line. For more information, visit http://www.starmark.com

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About Greater Fort Lauderdale

From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a beach chic vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit http://www.sunny.org.







Father's long-lost dog tags find Fort Collins man

Father's long-lost dog tags find Fort Collins man
For the past two weeks, Naus has been able to hold the dog tag of a father he never knew — a black, crumpled piece of metal, scoured by most of a century of high-desert elements — that nonetheless gives shape to the man Naus was named after. "When …
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On Campus: St. Charles North grad Richardson enjoying stretch run with Sparty
A pretty strong connection has developed between the baseball programs at St. Charles North and Michigan State, a connection that started when former North Stars Jeff Holm played for the Spartans a few years back. Holm was named the Big Ten Player of …
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Small Business Workshop – Fort Lauderdale

Small Business Workshop – Fort Lauderdale
Event on 2015-04-22 10:00:00

Come and learn how to build a successful company and network with local business executives. When you attend this event you will learn about "7 Keys required to build a successful business in today's challenging economy! You will leave with great concepts on how become an inspiring leader, utilize great systems and become 100% laser focused and organized! The Winning the Game of Business presentation has been developed for anyone that is serious about learning the mindset, systems and accountability programs that are necessary in creating a mega-successful business! You will also be able to network with many successful people from various backgrounds and can also share your business and expertise with our clients. Come and meet some amazing local leaders. 

 

The 3 Tracks of learning at this VIP event are the following Breakthroughs, Business Growth, Public Speaking and Masterminds. Plus as a bonus you will have the opportunity to learn about new ways to generate income in today's global economy! 

 

Business Growth

Business Plan – Business Funding – Marketing Strategy – Internet Presence

Social Media – Marketing Partners – Getting Organized -Team Building – Leadership

 

Public Speaking

Keys to effective speaking – Your 2 Minute Commercial – How to sell from the Stage

How to Monetize your Talent – Broadcasting your Message – How to get more Bookings

 

Mastermind 

How to Partner with Millionaires – How to Build a Local Mastermind – Keys to Partner UP

Plus so much more in one day! Come and join us and let us help you take your business to the next level! See you at the Event! 

at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, United States

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market

Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market
Event on 2015-04-04 08:00:00
Come enjoy the extraordinary Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers' Market where there are over 70 friendly vendors that offer a wonderful and diverse selection of delicious foods, exotic plants, savory spices, and much much more!

Bring the whole family and your pets out to the Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers' Market every Saturday, rain or shine between 8am to noon. Come enjoy our special events and great bands. There is always great music, great food, and a great time waiting for you.

Like us on Facebook and our website to learn more about upcoming entertainment, new vendors, and events

at Fort Pierce City Marina
1 Avenue A
Fort Pierce, United States

12-4pm Get Your Chakra & Aura Images with a GDV Scan/Programmed Crystals,$40/$55 Pay at the Door, Monthly Last Sat. at the Psychic Fair, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

12-4pm Get Your Chakra & Aura Images with a GDV Scan/Programmed Crystals,/ Pay at the Door, Monthly Last Sat. at the Psychic Fair, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Event on 2015-02-28 12:00:00

Learn more about the GDV scans here:

http://soulevolutioncenter.com/products/gdv-camera/

GDV Scans to Measure Your Energy Field (Aura) & 7 Major Chakras

12 pm-4pm     Last Saturday of Every Month, Except in December

 Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida Monthly Psychic Fair 

 Sunshine Cathedral

Graham-Fasana Chapel

1480 SW 9th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL

 This is a fundraiser for the Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida.

**NOTICE**  The Psychic Fair will be using the smaller chapel located in the back of this property on its SOUTH EAST side ( facing SW 15th St) – specifically inside the Robert S. Graham, MD and Paul Fasana Chapel (NOT the Large Main Sanctuary in front of this property) 

 

Psychic Fair Services & Crystals

 First come, first serve. Advance reservations not taken

 – /15 minute reading.  Astrology, Tarot Readings, Psychic and Mediumship Readings and more! 

– GDV Camera Scans for Measurement of Energetic Wellness

– Programmed Quartz Crystals & Chakra Sets-  uniquely programmed for energetic health will be available for sale

SPECIAL REDUCED GDV SCAN FEES JUST FOR THE PSYCHIC FAIR FUNDRAISER . SEE BELOW.

By Katy Simmone of Soul Evolution Center LLC and Tim Simmone of Chargedwater.com.  Please see their bios at the end of this notice.  

About the GDV Camera

GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) cameras are used for research & in medical facilities outside the US & in holistic centers.  This is a very high tech, powerful piece of equipment based on Kirlian photography & developed over years of research & study by PHDs, scientists, biophysicists & mathematicians.  By scanning each finger & the use of complex software, computer images are generated of your energy field (aura) & your 7 major chakras. These are not photos but computer generated images. To learn more about the GDV camera and scans, please see http://soulevolutioncenter.com/gdv-camera/

SPECIAL REDUCED FEES JUST FOR THE PSYCHIC FAIR FUNDRAISER
–  includes a scan of one's fingers,  then one can choose whether they want to receive computer generated image color printouts of their energy field (aura),  OR of one's 7 major chakra system.   It also includes a review where we explain what the images mean in regards to your energetic wellness & vitality and a detailed report for you to take home.

– includes a scan of the one's fingers and computer generated image color printouts of one's own energy field (aura) AND their 7 major chakra system. It also includes a review with where we explain what the images mean in regards to your energetic wellness & vitality and a detailed report for you to take home.  

                                                   Scanning Fingers with GDV Camera
   

  

Energy Field (Aura) Image with GDV Camera 

                                      

                                                    7 Major Chakras Image with GDV Camera

    

About Programmed Crystals –  Available for Sale at the Psychic Fair

These are Grade A clear,  icosahedron-shaped quartz crystals that have been uniquely programmed with an IDF (Intrinsic Date Field) machine by Tim Simmone, organizer of this meetup & independent researcher.  They contain over 100,000 tunings for safe and gently energy healing on physical, emotional, spiritual & emotional levels, for past, present and future.  The crystals have been programmed for comprehensive attunement of a person's energetic anatomy including the chakras, meridians, auric layers and other energetic bodies.

 

These tunings are then emitted from the crystal, where they are stored, creating a beneficial, gentle subtle energetic field around the crystal.  The crystals can be put in your pockets and/or around your work area or personal space and held during meditations and healing sessions. For more information, please see the online site for Charged Water.  

                                                  About Katy Simmone, Psychic Life Adviser

Life Wisdom from Beyond

http://soulevolutioncenter.com/                  soulctr@yahoo.com

http://soulevolutioncenter.com/about_katy/

Katy had a spiritual awakening in the Spring of 2009. From that, she experienced extraordinary and psychic phenomena and developed heightened extrasensory perceptions. She has been having amazing experiences such as participating in spirit crossovers, out of body (OOB) experiences, receiving messages from light beings and those in spirit, interacting with extraterrestrials and other psychic phenomena. She has telepathically been told that she is a star seed & a fifth dimensional being.

 Katy has been guided to be a teacher and share what she knows. This is the inspiration for founding Soul Evolution Center LLC in East Boca in February 2013.  

She also has a blog http://soulevolutioncenter.com/blog/ as she was guided to record her experiences in an expository fashion with detail and dates. She also includes her channeled messages from various light beings. You can see her blog, which is part of her website,  on her member profile on this meetup group. Some of what she shares is very fantastical and hard to believe. Yet, this is what she has been experiencing. Since her spiritual awakening, this has been her new, surreal reality for the past three years.

 Katy is an intuitive clairvoyant/clairaudient channeler of beings of light and love and a light worker.  In 2009 she asked for a group of light and loving beings to work through her to help answer questions and to provide guidance, hope and affirmations to people's life's questions through readings. Since then, she has been working with the Channel of 5-8, a group of light beings, not from this realm and other high level beings.  The majority of the time she channels directly word for word. They are the primary source for her channelings. In addition, she has received channeled messages from angels, various light beings, ascended masters & Edgar Cayce.  She shares some of her channelings on her blog.

 If you would like to be on her FREE email mailing list, please email her at soulctr@yahoo.com.

 She is also a Tarot/Intuitive/Intuitive and Angel reader,  Reiki Master, a certified Angel Messenger Practitioner, & a certified NLP (Neurolinguistic) practitioner. She provides in-office, phone, email or Skype sessions for readings to get guidance on your life questions or private spiritual coaching session on various topics or tailored to your needs. Please see the following link for more information on her spiritual coaching sessions:  http://soulevolutioncenter.com/channeling-sessions/spiritual-coaching-services/

 She has taken classes in Theta-healing and is an energy & light worker.

Katy's Meetup in South Florida

She is also organizer of http://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-Spiritual-Evolution/ which holds events on raising your consciousness, psychic awareness, the GDV camera, for measuring energetic wellness and more.  Please join for no charge if you live in the South Florida area. 

Katy is Available as a Speaker

 

                                                                About Tim Simmone

http://www.chargedwater.com/     Tim@chargedwater.com

Tim is a degreed engineer and independent researcher on subtle energy and the use of natural crystals for energetic healing.  He has developed unique methods for programming natural crystals with human thought and intention.  He has also developed various methods and devices using programmed crystals to improve the energetic health of people, animals and plants.  Tim has also started a group that uses programmed crystals to send healing energies to whales, dolphins, and the Earth elements and is actively looking for volunteers to expand this effort. 

He is certified in Reiki and was a member of the International Association of Consciousness and completed their Conscious Development Program (CDP) in Miami.  He was also a member of the Theosophy Society in America & their local branch in Deerfield Beach.  Tim has attended various workshops, seminars, and classes on consciousness and spirituality on a wide range of topics, including out of body travel and energetic healing.  He has attended the Monroe Institute in Virginia,  a Flower of Life seminar in Orlando, Fl and attended a two week spiritual retreat at John of God in Brazil.   One of his favorite symposiums was sponsored by Joan Ocean in Hawaii where he swam with the dolphins in their natural habitat.

Tim's Meetup in South Florida

He is also organizer of http://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-Energetic-Healing-with-Crystals/ which holds events on energetic anatomy, programmed crystals, and the GDV camera, for measuring energetic wellness.  Please join if you live in the South Florida area. 


Tim is Available as a Presenter

Tim is a speaker on energetic anatomy, programmed crystals, and the GDV camera.  He has given numerous workshops at various events and forums.  Having given many, many corporate presentations to large groups, his presentations are always very professional, organized and very well put together.  Please contact him at Tim@chargedwater.com if you are interested in having him present at one of your spiritual, holistic, healing or energy events.

at Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Sunshine Cathedral’s Graham-Fasana Chapel
1480 SW 9th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, United States

Hundreds Come Out In Support of Fort Eustis Personnel, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Reports

Newport News, Va. (PRWEB) January 26, 2015

The Fort Eustis community listening session held this month drew nearly 330 members from the community, including 80 who viewed live-streaming and business and civic leaders, elected officials, small business owners, association leaders, and educators. Their presence alone sent a message they are concerned about the potential 4,100 personnel cuts that could happen at Fort Eustis as part of the U.S. Armys budget reductions across the country.

Hampton Roads is a pleasant place to live, with a superb quality of life, a moderate cost of living, a temperate climate and arguably the worlds finest ice-free, deep water port year round, said retired Navy Rear Adm. Craig Quigley of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance. Quigley was among roughly one dozen who addressed the group. It is 200 miles from our nations capital. It has superb academic facilities at every level, and most importantly, a patriotic and dedicated workforce. Not only should the Army consider maintaining the status quo here, this is where reallocated unites should be brought. Thats my message to take back to Army leadership.

A representative from the Department of the Army, Army Col. Karl Konzelman, was in attendance to hear all comments and take them back to the Pentagon.

I assure you that the senior leaders take this very seriously, Konzelman said. No decisions have been made, and I really want to emphasize that. At this point, we are unclear where any units are going to be inactivated at any installation across the United States.

Based on the Armys current budgetary requirements, the force reduction will decrease the Armys size by 80,000 from the wartime high of 570,000. Fifty thousand have already been drawn down from overseas installations. The remaining 30,000 will need to come from the U.S.

With the potential of up to 4,100 personnel cut from Fort Eustis, there could be a significant economic impact to the area.

Fort Eustis itself has over 10,000 military and civilian employees that work on this installation, day in and day out, said Army Major General Ross E. Ridge, Senior Commander Army Element for Joint Base Langley Eustis. We have over 5,800 students and 11,000 military family members that either live on the installation or in a surrounding community. Combined with Langley, we contributed about $ 2.4 billion last year to the local economy through pay roll, expenditures and other jobs. Needless to say, Fort Eustis has a significant place within this particular community.

Heres a sample of what other state and local leaders had to say at the listening session.

Senator Tim Kaine: Fort Eustis, and the entire Hampton Roads area, have a deep connection to the Army, and to our military. As we start a new session of Congress, the 114th Congress, we will be working very directly on both military preparedness and national security strategy, but also important budgetary issues. These budgetary issues, as you know, have affected virtually everything we do in the federal government. Even leading to furloughs of employees leading to calendar year 13, leading to a government shutdown of about two weeks in October of 2013. These were tough, wrenching decisions that were all driven by controversies over the budget, so the purpose of a listening session today, is to raise your concerns and share them with both your superiors in the Army and those of us at a policymaking level can hear you and make better decisions.

Dr. Ashby Kilgore, Newport News Schools Superintendent: The military has been a very, very wonderful and unique partner to us at Newport News Public Schools. Each day, the soldiers and the airmen from Langley and Fort Eustis, they volunteer in our schools, they tutor our young students, they provide career pathways information and participate in career fairs, they mentor young people and in everyway, they serve as role models for career readiness as well as citizen readiness in Newport News.

Mike Kuhns, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce President & CEO: We have welcomed the U.S. Army service members and their families into our communities, our churches, our schools and our businesses, and have actively provided social services resources, educational opportunities, employment, recreational activities and careers opportunities upon separation.

Guy Manchester, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce: The three Cs of communitycourage, caring and commitmentthey are alive and well here in this room and outside the gates, and we expect that will be the atmosphere and the attitude going forward.

Dewey Hutchins, Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors President: We have 1,000 members of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, but not only do we have 1,000 members who represent the home buying and home selling public and property owners throughout, but many of our members are either retired military, military spouses who work in the real estate industry and some active military as well. Our connection to Fort Eustis is very strong. Fort Eustis is very important to us. Not only for the effects that is has on real estate, but also because of the economy for this area. We all know the importance of the economy dictates how our real estate market goes. The impact of the reduction on Fort Eustis will be having tremendous effect on us.

Thomas Sheppard, York County Board of Supervisors: We understand all the history, we understand all the impact, we understand the budget, but what the military and the Army, specifically, of Fort Eustis have built in this community is a community. It has built a community.

George Wallace, Hampton City Mayor: Our citizens value the commitment and dedication of our soldiers and their families who proudly serve and live in our surrounding communities.

Mayor McKinley Price; Newport News City Mayor: Fort Eustis has been an integral part of our community since the early 20th century and we are certainly proud to be home to this great installation. The city of Newport News views the military and the presence of Fort Eustis in our community, metaphorically, as a three-legged stool. One leg is the support from a national security perspective, another is the economic value that the Army presence brings to the economy, not only in Newport News but to the Peninsula. The third leg is the tremendous value that military and civilian personnel associated with Fort Eustis bring to our community.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (VPCC) serves the Cities of Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson; and James City County and York County.

VPCC is a business association, with more than 1,400 members and associates, which “Connects Business with Opportunity” through Facilitation, Advocacy, Communication and Education.

In addition to taking a leadership and advocacy position on pro-Peninsula and pro-business public policy impacting the Virginia Peninsula business community, the VPCC hosts a series of educational, and leadership programs, including the annual State of the City events for Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson; the Peninsula Executive Leadership Forum; Military Day, Job Fair and Recognition Luncheon; Young Entrepreneurs Academy; Pink Bag Lunches; and Business Connections, in addition to numerous business roundtables. As of 2013, YEA! Has graduated 1,394 students who have started over 1,000 businesses and social movements.

The VPCC is located at 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100 in Hampton. For more information, call 757.262.2000 or email info(at)vpcc(dot)org.

Connect to the VPCC online at http://www.vapeninsulachamber.com and via LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.