Resumes flying in after call goes out for computer techs
By JUDITH O. ETZEL
A Virginia Internet hosting company is eying Venango County for a business expansion.
Two weeks after Venango County economic development booster Randy Seitz put out a call for resumes from computer technicians and programmers, he is awash in paperwork.
"We received about 110 resumes and we're still getting them. I didn't think we'd get that many," said Seitz, president of the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.
The campaign was prompted by Defender Technologies Inc. of Ashburn, Va., an Internet hosting company that is eyeing Venango County for a business expansion. The county is in the running with sites in Arizona and New Mexico for a Defender Technologies offshoot, one that provides a wealth of electronic services to corporate and individual computer users.
Of those resumes, 29 that matched the upper tier skills and criteria sought by the company were culled from the collection and passed on to Defender Technologies. Of that number, six were selected as "a very good match," Seitz said.
What remains is sifting out another half a dozen top candidates to put together a "foundation" to open up shop in Venango County, Seitz said. A second round of sorting through the batch of resumes, a task delegated to "professionals," he said, is under way.
"They would like to open the doors (at a new location) with 10 upper level people and then, once they are trained, they would be the base to bring on all the support personnel," Seitz said.
The total number of jobs offered by Defender Technologies facilities would start at about 30, he said, but could grow by 30 to 100, depending on the availability of skilled employees and business growth.
"The company president told us he was confident he could get the foundation number in order to locate here and he was really pleased with the response so far," Seitz said. "This is on the front burner."
One potential pool of candidates in Coudersport has been tapped by the Oil Region Alliance. Seitz said he has "access to most of the out-placed people at Adelphia in Coudersport" and he has made overtures to them "to apply for jobs at a new company that may be coming to town."
Preliminary work is underway to find a location for a company expansion here, said the Oil Region Alliance president. The company informed the agency, said Seitz, that "once the people issue needs are resolved, the property search would take off."
Although no definite timeline has been set for Defender Technologies to opt for the Venango County expansion, Seitz said earlier he is hopeful a decision would be made before the end of the year.
The agency is continuing to accept resumes, especially those from information technology professionals experienced in the Linux Operating System. Information on how to submit the resumes is available on the Internet at www.oilregionjobs.com.
Meanwhile, the Oil Region Alliance is working deals with three other companies that are considering a move to Venango County. They include a health services company, a trucking firm and a distribution company. Those projects may also come to fruition by the end of December.