The Door County Job Center faces an uncertain future this fall because the Bay Area Workforce Development Board has eliminated funding for the facility. The job center is run through We Are Hope, Incorporated at the organization's offices in the Cherry Point Mall on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. Kim Carley, Executive Director of We Are Hope Incorporated, says job center operations will continue through September. So her organization is now looking at any other potential funding sources to keep the job center going.
The Bay Area Workforce Development Board in Green Bay operates job centers in eleven counties. They've been funded through the federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act. Executive Director Jim Golembeski says some programs offered through the Door County Job Center will continue, though cuts in federal funding make it impossible to keep the center operating past September.
The Door County Job Center caters to about 300 people each summer. Kim Carley hopes those who've used the program will send their testimonies of how the program helped them as We Are Hope, Incorporated looks for new funding.