A program funded by the federal government and initiated by Box Elder County could help Tremonton increase their employment rate. Kevin Hamilton, Community Development director for the county, approached the Tremonton City council on Tuesday night with a program he feels will greatly benefit Tremonton City. The program, titled Business Extension and Retention, or BEAR, is a program he calls “economic gardening.”
Instead of trying to get big corporations to come to the city to hire local residents, BEAR is a program that helps local businesses hire local employees. The program has a group of volunteers, partially paid for by a federal grant, who will meet with local business owners to find employees. They help with drug testing and selection, and use software that helps track the success of the program and where the employee need is.