Jose Garcia wrote in to today's LMT Op/Ed page to voice his displeasure at the fact that the Eagle Ford Shale event at the LEA last Friday was more vendor outlet and not so much job fair.
The mayor was very vocal about this event, encouraging everybody who wanted to work to come out to meet energy industry employers. He didn't really go on about the vendor part of the gathering.
What was the real purpose of this event?
Councilmember Cindy Liendo-Espinoza informed me that 6000 people attended the event. She was concerned that the turnout would outway the number of positions available. However, the fair gave people a chance to learn more about the opportunities that the Eagle Ford Shale can afford them. For the applicants that didn't get hired, they could be considered for eventual employment as the industry activity matures over the next 40 years. She went on to say:
"The vendors were also there to give local companies an opportunity to offer their services to the oil and gas companies. If locals get their business, that could mean more local jobs."