Expansion at WNY business
A Western New York business announced a major expansion Friday. As YNN's Kate McGowan reports, the insurance company, Geico is expected to create hundreds of jobs this year, bringing their total employment numbers to more than 3,000.
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GETZVILLE, N.Y. -- "This is a time of hope," said Brenda McDuffie from the Buffalo Urban League.
On Friday, Geico announced the creation of hundreds of jobs for Western New York.
"We're looking to hire 800 people this year, which is the largest number in a given year that we've targeted," said a Geico representative.
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy was in town for the announcement and said it's a great time for young professionals searching for employment.
"When people can get a job, then they can afford to live and enjoy the quality of life this region offers," McDuffie explained.
The major announcement wasn't just about job creation but also to recognize the partnership of both Geico and the Buffalo Urban League.
"For 85 years, the Buffalo Urban League has been a major presence in this area, helping thousands and thousands of individuals," said Geico Assistant Vice President, Kirk La.
The Urban League, which has been around for decades, helps connect local people to employment opportunities.
"We're going to make sure that we have people in this community who are prepared for those opportunities and who get to Geico for Geico to select for hiring," exclaimed McDuffie.
Under this partnership, the Urban League will provide training aimed at the specific skill sets needed for a job at Geico.
Those behind the effort said it's a commitment they are dedicated to.
McDuffie said, "Allows us to serve more people and make sure again they're connected and have the right set of skills."
Geico also presented the Urban League with a $25,000 check to continue it's mission of job creation in the area.