Finding and retaining good employees is a constant issue all businesses face, from small businesses all the way up to our largest employers in the county and region.

What is being done about this great workforce need in Clatsop County, both from an immediate hiring opportunity and also showcasing career options in Clatsop County?

CEDR (Clatsop Economic Development Resources) and WorkSource Northwest Oregon are spearheading the annual Clatsop County Job & Career Fair, which will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at the newly remodeled Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

Astoria, Ilwaco, Jewell, Knappa, Naselle, Seaside and Warrenton High Schools will be sending all Juniors & Seniors in the morning and will be finished by 1 p.m.

At 1:15 p.m. the doors will re-open for adult job seekers, Clatsop Community College students, and those seeking more information about career & job opportunities in Clatsop County. We estimate over 750 students will be in attendance, and many college students and adult job seekers.

To register as an employer to participate in the career & job fair, call Debbie Newton from WorkSource Oregon at 503-325-4821 ext. 226, email her at , or register at, under the employer tab.

This event is FREE!!

Employers are asked to register as soon as possible as the entire list of employers participating will be on the website, with links to the businesses website for job seekers to review, and also provided to the schools in advance.

Please contact CEDR/CCC SBDC Executive Director Kevin Leahy at with any questions, or 503-338-2342 to sign up to be a financial sponsor. (Note that any dollar amount is appreciated, and contributions of $100 or more will have the business name listed on the signing at the job & career fair, information to the students and schools, and a thank you ad in the Coast River Business Journal.)

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