Extension professionals are uniquely positioned to help employers understand the needs of families with limited resources and to assist employers in finding ways to hire and retain employees. Oregon State University Extension Service, in conjunction with county partners, organized an employer development program in a small rural community. A large employer event was organized to learn employer needs and create effective partnerships. Through focus group and participant evaluations, employers identified hiring and retention challenges and outlined needed support and services. A program description, reported outcomes, and current ongoing activities will aid other Extension professionals in implementing similar programs.

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