Jeff Slosman and Justin Belleme run very different businesses, but both face the same challenge: finding and keeping the right talent for the jobs they offer.
Belleme, who runs a digital media company he founded, and Slosman, who owns a busy manufacturing company, both approach their workforce issues with thought and creativity. For Slosman, hiring the right people is a collaborative process that involves astute networking and keeping a sharp eye out for talent as he travels. For Belleme, it’s all about retaining employees through benefit and wage enhancements that keep him ahead of competing manufacturers. Both approaches exemplify ways Asheville is growing its economic future.
Two years into an ambitious five-year plan – AVL 5x5 Vision 2020 – the city has a 3.5 percent unemployment rate that most communities would envy. But to keep that healthy economy Asheville is working to draw more jobs – and the employees to fill them – while retaining and training the area's current workforce.