CareerSource Flagler Volusia recognized Helga van Eckert, Flagler County’s Department of Economic Development executive director, with its Partners in Workforce Excellence Award at its Annual Board of Directors meeting Nov. 21.
The award was presented for van Eckert’s efforts to collaborate with businesses and other organizations to improve the region’s economy.
“There is no greater advocate for collaboration than Helga van Eckert,” said Robin King, President and CEO of CareerSource Flagler Volusia. “As a board member she has proven to be a invaluable champion of the CareerSource network.”
The local award means that van Eckert is nominated by CareerSource Flagler Volusia for the statewide Florida Workforce Development Association, Barbara K. Griffin Workforce Excellence Award. Recent recipients for the local award include County Commissioner Barbara Revels, for her efforts in reviving the Carver Center in Bunnell two years ago.
Van Eckert was cited for her efforts in implementing Flagler County’s highly successful job fair this year. The job fair has 31 Flagler Businesses with 179 positions and 469 openings in manufacturing, healthcare, graphic design, retail and hospitality. Some 342 job seekers signed up and attended the event.
Van Eckert has also created the Business Impact Group, a working collaboration of all those who are in the business of helping businesses. In the two years since she took over the county’s effort to attract manufacturing and business by creating a new department, van Eckert has brought in seven new companies, ranging from high tech and manufacturing to agriculture.
“Helga is a professional able to bring together the right individuals to accomplish the task of attracting diverse businesses to Flagler County,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “We are indeed fortunate to have her on our team.”