The Career Source Job Center provides free recruitment and outreach efforts to assist employers in meeting their workforce needs. Past outreach efforts include blind ads to assess the interest in jobs offered by a potential employer coming into the region, file searches of the thousands of registered job seekers listed in the Employ Florida Marketplace, Florida's premier job database, employment advertising, job fairs, direct mail campaigns, outreach by employer service representatives to targeted pools of job seekers including retired military and military spouses, college students, retirees and underemployed individuals. For companies who do not wish to interface with applicants, the Job Center can also accept applications on behalf of the employer, conduct applicant assessments and testing, and pre-screen potential employees.

Florida FLEX (Quick Response Training Program (QRT)

Florida Flex is an employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. A state educational facility - community college, area technical center, school district or university - is available to assist with application and program development or delivery. The educational facility will also serve as fiscal agent for the project. The company may use in-house training, outside vendor training programs or the local educational entity to provide training.

Reimbursable training expenses include: instructors'/trainers' wages, curriculum development, and textbooks/manuals. This program is customized, flexible, and responsive to individual company needs. To learn more about the QRT program, visit CareerSource Florida.

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT)

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) - a program that provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida's workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees. Priority is given to businesses in targeted industries, Enterprise Zones, HUB Zones, Inner City Distressed areas, Rural Counties and areas, and Brownfield areas. For additional information on the IWT program, visit CareerSource Florida.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is an incentive to private, for profit employers to hire welfare recipients and individuals from other special groups. Offered by CareerSource Florida.

Federal Bonding Program

The Federal Bonding Program is an incentive program that allows employers to hire at-risk job applicants with limited liability. A Federal Fidelity Bond is a business insurance policy that insures the employer for theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement by the bonded employee.

At-risk job applicants are:

  • Ex-offenders
  • Recovering substance abusers (alcohol or drugs)
  • Welfare recipients and other persons having poor financial credit, or who have declared bankruptcy
  • Economically disadvantaged youth and adults who lack a work history
  • Individuals dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Anyone who cannot secure employment without bonding services

Gulf County Economic Development Coalition

1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd.
Room 312
Port St. Joe FL 32456
[email protected]

Jim McKnight
EDC Director
[email protected]