August 3, 2021 – Saint Paul, Minn. – Ramsey County in partnership with Visit Saint Paul and Visit Roseville is pleased to announce the launch of Future Finder a new hiring campaign to help job seekers find employment in the hospitality industry.
Future Finder is a joint venture designed to not only help job seekers find employment but assist hospitality businesses in filling open positions. After being dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many jobs were lost, and now, filling those roles is a critical step in our economic recovery.
“Our community is filled with innovative, dedicated, and talented individuals, some of whom were laid off during the pandemic,” said Ling Becker, Director of Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. “Once again, our hospitality industry is thriving and has opportunities for professional advancement, flexible schedules and a future in the industry. By launching this campaign, we hope to connect job seekers with employers and help everyone succeed.”
According to Explore Minnesota, in 2019, the leisure and hospitality industry accounted for over 275,000 jobs, $6.4 billion in wages, and 11% of all private-sector employment in Minnesota. More specifically in Ramsey County, these industries generated almost $150 million in state sales tax and over 30,000 private-sector jobs.
“Future Finder makes it easier for candidates and businesses to connect in ways that lead to long-term success,” said Terry Mattson, President and CEO of Visit Saint Paul. “The pace of economic recovery needs a boost and will not take place by coincidence – this is another example of creativity, collaboration and continued hard work.”
In addition to the Future Finder site, NCXT, the facilitators of the Saint Paul Restaurant Resiliency Project, have created a website providing resources to businesses for creating effective job postings including templates for common job descriptions. Businesses looking to post a job on Future Finder can visit nostresshospitality.com for a full list of resources.
According to Julie Wearn, CEO of Visit Roseville, “Now that people are traveling again the Roseville hospitality industry is ready to welcome them safely back! However, the jobs are plenty but the workers few. Which is why we are happy to collaborate with Ramsey County and Visit Saint Paul on a dedicated hospitality website listing hospitality and retail jobs to help get our industry back on its feet and deliver the exceptional service we are known for.”
Businesses looking to post open positions or applicants looking for opportunities can go to ramseycounty.us/futurefinder to start the process.
About Ramsey County:
More than 550,000 Minnesotans make their homes in Ramsey County. Located in the heart of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, it is the second-most populous county in Minnesota with about 10 percent of the state’s residents. Ramsey County provides a variety of programs and services to county residents including workforce services delivered through Ramsey County Workforce Solutions.
About Visit Saint Paul:
Visit Saint Paul, formerly the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority was founded in 1927 as the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau, making it one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the United States. The mission of the organization is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination. Visit Saint Paul oversees management of the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention Center and Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, For more information go to www.visitsaintpaul.com
About Visit Roseville:
The mission of Visit Roseville is to contribute to the identity and economic vitality of our community by promoting Roseville as a destination. Visit Roseville is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International. For more information, contact us at 651.633.3002 or www.visitroseville.com.