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Job Rush promotes open positions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Hiawatha Care Center provides residential and rehabilitation services for seniors. There are about 125 employees, and filling open positions can be a challenge.

"We're talking about professionals like registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, therapists, especially, are difficult to find," said Kent Walton, Hiawatha Care Center Administrator.

The center isn't alone.

Open jobs in health care are one of the focuses of a new workforce recruitment campaign around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

The Job Rush website highlights positions in manufacturing and customer service and shows open positions in many other fields.

"We need workers," said Dee Baird, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance President and CEO. "We need people kind of in all areas. So we're going to be part of the solution. The campaign will focus on marketing to people in the Midwest to let them know we have great career opportunities and a great community."

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance plans to spend $750,000 over the next two years to recruit those workers to move here.

The campaign will also target Iowa college students, showing them there are opportunities for them after graduation.

"Great opportunities here -- great wages and great careers," said Baird.

Employers like United Fire Group believe anything that shows off eastern Iowa will help them attract new employees. Officials at the Hiawatha Care Center agree.

"I think it'd be very helpful," said Walton.

The featured industries on the website will change over time. Open positions in many fields are always on the website.
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