A bus tour could help James River Valley communities spread the word that they have jobs.
An Advantage South Dakota bus tour is bringing workforce recruiters to those areas. The tour swung through four communities Tuesday, starting in Madison and ending in Aberdeen.
The words 'help wanted' linked each of the cities together. Workforce recruiters heard those words several times before their bus pulled into Aberdeen. They heard the phrase often in the Hub City too.
"We're looking to probably double the size of our organization over the next six to eight months," Molded Fiberglass Companies' Dave Giovannini said.
Giovannini represents an Aberdeen employer. A representative from the small town of Britton said her company is looking to find people with the right experience and training.
"They live in Texas or Minneapolis or wherever. To get them talked into coming back to Britton, SD is kind of hard," Horton’s Diane Lewandowski said.
Communities along the bus tour make up a region that boasts about 3,000 available jobs.
"Everybody's still fighting for the same candidates. They're looking for a lot of entry level individuals. They're looking for a lot of engineers. They have, you know, accounting. It's all kinds of different positions out there and available," Key Staffing's Doug Erickson said.
Those communities are doing their best to be noticed by job seekers or in this case recruiters who could help bring people to town.
"Just get us on your list. We'll compete with anybody else you have. And the people you send up here, we'll keep them here because this is a great place to live," Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said.
The tour continues Wednesday as it heads to Redfield and eventually makes its way to Yankton.