BRUNSWICK –– October will now be known as Everybody Works month in the city of Brunswick.
The recognition is in conjunction with Manufacturing Month, according to Grant Aungst, economic and community development director for the city.
“There are lots of populations that are trying to get back into the workforce that have had struggles for whatever reasons,” Aungst said during Monday’s council meeting.
“Maybe there was an incarceration, maybe there was an opioid issue, maybe their skill levels weren’t quite where they needed to be at the time.”
Aungst said that the goal of the monthlong effort is to get help people discover resources that will help them to find employment and to get everybody to work.
Ward 2 Councilman Nicholas Hanek added that there are a lot of different organizations and resources that will be promoted during the month, from the Medina County Economic Corp. to the United Way’s Employ Medina County program.
“There’s a lot of openings … there are a lot of jobs here that are unfilled because of lack of training requirements or lack of awareness,” said Hanek.
The community in Medina County has a need to connect employees to employers said Hanek.
The hope is the push will fill this need.
Council passed an emergency resolution to give this campaign the recognition that Hanek and Aungst were hoping for.
Made in Medina County Day will be Oct. 5 and community members will be able to tour a number of businesses in the area.
For more information, visit www.madeinmedinacounty.com.
In other business
Also Monday, council passed a resolution to make Brunswick a Purple Heart City.
“This is basically a resolution honoring veterans,” said Hanek.
He added that it is a resolution to emphasize what council members have already done to honor local veterans.
A couple efforts that council members have already put forth include providing designated parking spots for veterans at certain areas in Brunswick, such as town hall, as well as working with their transit system to allow veterans to ride for free.
“On top of that Carl (DeForest, city manager) has done a lot of work with the police department. They really take a lot of time and effort in reaching out to veterans and veterans issues,” said Hanek.