Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he is talking with two prospects, and that he wants the residents of Vandalia – and the entire region – to help land those prospects.
Gottman is asking people to participate in a labor survey, which is being conducted to help provide manufacturers with information about this area’s labor force.
In the survey, individuals are asked to provide only basic information: name, address, city, contact number and general field or work or talent.
Gottman said that the survey is part of the effort by a team that includes himself, local business owners and local community leaders to address increases in local unemployment.
The biggest hits in recent years have included the closure of the Orgill facility and Graham Packaging’s plan to close three of its plants, including the one in Vandalia.
Gottman said the survey is a way “to exhibit to manufacturers our talented labor force in the Vandalia area.
“One of the main questions a business asks when looking to relocate is, ‘What labor force is available?’ and rather than rely completely on information from the Illinois Department of Labor, we want to hear from the public themselves.
“The city is asking that if you feel you have a talent which may be of value to any potential industry, let us know,” Gottman said.
Copies of the labor survey are available at city hall, and are also online at the city’s website, www.vandaliaillinois.com.
In announcing the release of the survey, Gottman said he’s looking for participation far beyond the boundaries of Vandalia and Fayette County.
He said that he has sent out the release and a copy of the survey to newspaper and radio stations throughout the area, hoping to have residents of the entire region participate in the survey.
He wants to include residents of other communities to participate, because many workers in Vandalia businesses and industries have been coming from those towns.
“With unemployment rates having been up over the past few years in the entire area, we want to see as many people as we can put to work,” Gottman said.