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Trailing spouse project launched for Vail workforce launched

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AVON — The Vail Valley Partnership and the High Country Human Resource Association recently announced the launch of MyPartner Career Network, a trailing spouse initiative designed to make it easier for local businesses to recruit and retain specialized employees by taking a broader approach to community integration and support.

MyPartner Career Network allows local businesses to collaborate to help find employment, when needed, for spouses or partners of prospective high-value employees hired from outside the region. These specialized employees are often costly and time-consuming to replace, and helping their partners find work is an important part of helping them stay in the Vail Valley.

Appropriate talent for many specialized positions often doesn't exist within the local labor market, forcing many Eagle County firms to recruit and hire from outside the region. Doing so carries a number of risks, such as increased timelines to fill open positions and potentially significant employee relocation costs. According to Worldwide ERC, a global relocation trade association, U.S. corporate relocation expenses currently exceed $12 billion annually.

Out-of-area hiring also introduces a number of variables that often work against long-term employee retention. Chief among these risks is the fact that many professionals new to the area often bring along a trailing spouse — a husband, wife or partner who is thrilled to move to the mountains but is left without a career.

Prospective employees may be hesitant to relocate to Eagle County because their partner may struggle to find suitable employment in the valley's relatively small trade area. Helping trailing partners find a satisfying job is often the key to ensuring that both partners feel connected to the community.

MyPartner Career Network uses a collaborative model to allow participating businesses to share the resume of a partner or spouse of a newly-hired employee who will be relocating to Eagle County across a network of other local businesses.

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All Copper level members and above with the Vail Valley Partnership and all High Country Human Resource Association members are eligible to participate in this new program. For more information, email jrietmann@visitvailvalley.com or call 970-477-4012.