On October 5, representatives of the KRA/Business Engagement Services (BES) team, including Pamela Carnes, Program Manager, traveled to San Pablo, CA to support Rich Kinney, Mayor; Stephen Baiter, out-going Executive Director of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC); and Patience Ofodu, WDBCCC Business Services Manager, at the West Contra Costa Career Fair, a community workforce-development event critical to the economic success of the area’s employers and jobseekers.
The day before, the City of Oakland posted a press release, announcing “Stephen Baiter Appointed as Executive Director for the Oakland Workforce Development Board”, KRA funding partner for the BES operation since July 2016. After 10+ years’ outstanding service to the WDBCCC, Mr. Baiter will take up his new Oakland post on October 24.
With a mission similar to that of the KRA Business Development Group (BDG) model implemented in nearby Alameda County, the BES collaborates with two American Job Centers of California, six Youth Provider programs, and two Sector Access Points’ operations to provide area employers a centralized, business point-of-service, employing a one-on-one consultative approach to addressing their short- and long-term workplace goals and objectives.
Carnes manages both programs, commenting “Even though the Alameda County BDG geographically surrounds the Oakland BES , the workforce requirements of each partner’s business community are uniquely different. However, what our employer-customers in Alameda and Oakland do have in common is their need for profitability, productivity, and peace-of-mind in sustaining their operations, and that is what KRA delivers for them.
We are keenly aware of Mr. Baiter’s incredible achievements in Contra Costa, and eagerly await the opportunity to support him and his staff in continuing to contribute to the current and future success of the Bay Area business and economic community.”