The city of Springfield is delving into workforce recruitment and retention with its first podcast.
The Department of Workforce Development's Workforce Vibe podcast is hosted by Sally Payne, the department's interim director, according to a news release. The first two episodes are scheduled for release July 27 on most major podcast platforms.
“I am thrilled to be hosting the first podcast produced by the city of Springfield to engage employers and job seekers on solutions to the current employment climate,” Payne said in the release. “By sharing information and ideas, I hope to offer suggestions to employers on how to attract talent and keep them around once they are hired."
The first two episodes will feature Cora Scott, director of public information and civic engagement for the city; Tim Rosenbury, director of quality of place initiatives for the city; and Francine Pratt, director of Prosper Springfield, executive director of the Missouri College Access Network and the co-owner of Queen City Soul Kitchen. Pratt also was an interview guest for the second season of Springfield Business Journal's No Ceiling podcast that focuses on local women and the challenges and triumphs they've encountered in their careers.
Katherine Trombetta, spokesperson for the city's Department of Workforce Development, said at least 12 episodes of Workforce Vibe are planned.
"There are plans in the works for more podcasts from other city departments," she said via email.
The city’s cost for the Workforce Vibe podcast is minimal, Trombetta said, noting aside from staff time the department is paying $15 per month for a subscription to Libsyn, a podcast hosting service.
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