More than 60 area employers, other groups and educational institutions will be on hand Tuesday to welcome job-seekers to the second annual Craven Works, hosted by the Craven 100 Alliance.

The noon to 6 p.m. job fair will be at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center to help address needs of both employers and those seeking work. Last year’s event had 52 employers and more than 1,100 people seeking jobs.

A list of the employers and the positions advertised can be found online at

“We have everything from engineering positions at BSH to prep cooks at Bengel Hospitality,” said Timothy Downs, the Craven County economic developer and head of the Craven 100 Alliance. “We have everything in between. It really turned out to be a good selection. Our biggest goal now is to get people to come out. We are hoping for a thousand or more again.”

Downs said the event is about providing information and to let employers and job-hunters know there are plenty of opportunities locally.

“It is also to familiarize employers with local resources that will help them connect with qualified candidates,” Downs said. “Workforce development is our number one priority and this event is just one in a series to develop our workforce.”

Employers can recruit for current and future job vacancies, interview candidates and educate the job-seeking community about their companies. Employment agencies and government organizations, such as NC Works and USA Jobs, will also be in attendance with a multitude of job resources.

There is no cost to employers from Craven County or job-seekers.

Job-seekers can also draw information and advice from a variety of other sources at the event, including Craven Community College, Craven County Schools, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services, East Carolina University, Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Interfaith Refugee Ministry, NC4ME, N.C. Works Career Center, N.C. Wesleyan and the University of Mount Olive.

The event sponsors include ENC Media Group, Duke Energy, Holden Temporaries and Carolina Technical Plastics.

The Craven 100 Alliance is a public/private, nonprofit organization providing the lead on economic development initiatives for Craven County.

Four Craven County entities — the Committee of 100, Craven County, The City of New Bern, and the City of Havelock — joined to form the new organization in December of 2014.

It is governed by a 21-member board of directors with a staff of two. The board is comprised of 11 members from the business and industry community and 10 members appointed by the government entities, which include the county and city managers.

Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or Follow him on Twitter @CharlieHallNBSJ