Jamie Eder

Jamie Eder is director of Workforce Development and Community Engagement at Visit Central Oregon and Visit Bend.

I got my first job in hospitality when I was 14. I was going on a school trip to Europe and wanted some spending money, so I became a Subway Sandwich Artist.

That was the start of almost 20 years in some sort of service job — from dishwasher to line cook, server to bartender — I managed, supervised and hustled my way through grad school working mostly in restaurants.

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Jamie Eder is director of Workforce Development and Community Engagement at Visit Central Oregon and Visit Bend.

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Chris Jaworski

This new role is a welcome development for the region in general and Central Oregon in particular!

Workforce development is a tough nut to crack. You can say that again! I suspect insights from industry feedback might point to time tested practices such as building fantastic - authentic workplace cultures, ways to address industry image, and new solutions that address cost of living in travel destinations, job flexibility, growth, lifestyles, etc.

Perhaps there are some ways to ask our service job workers, past and present - line cooks, servers, bartenders, front desk agents, housekeepers, lift ops, etc. what would prompt them to re-enter or remain in industry. Their input is a key piece to the puzzle under the broader macro-economic issues impacting job vacancies.

As the author mentions, there is no overnight fix, but this is a great opportunity to deepen the engagement in search of collective industry workforce engagement.

Thank you for sticking with a truly wonderful industry!

Chris Jaworski

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