Gohio Vanpool Pilot Project Launches with Mid West Fabricating

Program aims to address barriers to employment in Fairfield County by providing additional transportation options

The Area 20 Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Mid West Fabricating, has launched a vanpool pilot program aimed at addressing transportation barriers to employment in Fairfield County.

As one of the largest manufacturers in the area, Mid West Fabricating is working to attract and retain a skilled workforce by providing additional transportation options for employees and potential hires. With this six-month pilot program, partners hope to demonstrate how vanpooling can serve as a rural solution for transportation issues faced by many businesses in Fairfield and surrounding counties.

“Transportation is one of the biggest barriers job seekers in our region face when trying to enter the workforce, so we are thrilled to be a part of this innovative approach to solving the transportation crisis. Mid-West Fabricating has been a valuable community partner for many years, and this project will help support their growing workforce needs while also providing new opportunities to community members. We’re hopeful this is just the first of many companies which will take advantage of this program.”

The South Central Ohio Workforce Partnership serves as the Area 20 Workforce Development Board. The Board is responsible for overseeing disbursement of funds for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Area 20 is comprised of Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross, and Vinton counties. The Partnership sets policies on how funding is used for adults, dislocated workers, and youth that are eligible for WIOA funds. This funding is used for training and placement of individuals with local employers.

“We believe that this pilot project has the potential to demonstrate how more transportation options for employees and potential employees can help to support organizational growth. The Gohio Commute program helps all residents rethink their ride and find a smarter way to commute to work.”

Companies across the US are increasingly implementing vanpool program to help with their recruitment and retention of employees. Employers have cited flexibility, ease of use, and affordability are the main reasons for the growing popularity of vanpool programs. Many regions such as Central Ohio offer grants to help off-set the cost of vanpooling.

“Mid West Fabricating is very excited to begin this program and greatly appreciates the support from Area 20 and MORPC on the implementation. Our goal is to have several routes in place, opening careers in manufacturing to people who could not previously participate due to lack of consistent transportation. We hope to have additional routes in operation soon, connecting people in Fairfield and surrounding counties with work opportunities not available to them previously. Manufacturing careers provide consistent pay, wonderful benefits, and career advancement opportunities. Our first route starting in Glouster, with a stop in Nelsonville, has seats available and we welcome applicants who want to join the vanpool with our existing team members.”

For more information on vanpooling or assistance contact the Gohio Commute team at 1.888.742.7433 (RIDE) or visit the Gohio Commute to learn more.

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