Between contractors, subcontractors and corporate offices that may be anywhere in the country, it is disconcertingly difficult to pinpoint the exact number of Ares contractor employees who got laid off in the last few weeks in Huntsville. With hundreds already out the door, those remaining are braced for the worst. Word has it the layoffs are not over and the pink slips continue to trickle through the ranks of Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Ares contractors.
Huntsville's continuing status as a top rated city is not a fluke though. With layoffs a reality for so many in the area, the city is well aware of its need to not only attract, but also maintain the highly educated, highly technical workforce base that has attracted so many leaders from the high tech industry to establish offices in the area.
It is a number one priority for the city and in this case, the Constellation employees themselves to get and keep its residents and former colleagues working. Job leads are being shared, job fairs are planned, and strategy meetings organized.
Marshall Workforce Transition. MSFC moved fast to set up a website up with resources available to help displaced employees mitigate the transition. The MSFC Employee Assistance Program (EAP), NASA civil service employee resource and counseling service, is also available to local Ares contractors affected by the layoffs.
A Smart Place. The Huntsville Chamber of Commerce is aware of and working on placement resources to get as many as possible back to work as quickly as possible. Their site has area job listings.
Huntsville Space Professionals. The primary initiative is to help people find continuity of income, a community of friends, and to encourage one another during this distressful time.
BRAC to Huntsville Website. Word has it that BRAC was not able to get as many to new hires to move to Huntsville as their anticipated need. At this point, the largest number of large-scale opportunities on the horizon appears to be on the Army Side of Redstone Arsenal.
The Expo Experts Job Fair will be held August 23 be at the Civic Center.
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