March 6, 2000             No: 00-39

Contact: LeRoy Davis        Phone:  907.465.5934

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release

Goforth New DOL Seafood Employment Coordinator
Will Promote, Monitor Local Hire through Alaska's Job Center Network

J. Pennelope Goforth is the new seafood employment coordinator for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL), Commissioner Ed Flanagan announced today.

"Pennelope brings years of experience in the seafood industry, employment and training community, rural Alaska issues, marketing and technology to the position," Flanagan said.

Goforth previously headed DOL's publications unit, which is responsible for producing up to 25 publications annually, from 1990 through 1995. Since 1983, she has served in varying capacities, including chair, on the Balance of State Private Industry Council. Goforth has also worked with COMTECH, the annual technology conference, and has been an officer, trainer and coordinator with the Alaska Association of Business and Professional Women. Goforth recently received a Master's Degree from New York University in information technology and has an Internet consulting business. She spent five years crewing on crabbers and long-liners, and is the author of a soon to be published book about a pioneer Alaskan photographer.

The seafood employment program was established to remove barriers to local hire and increase seafood job opportunities for Alaskans from remote and rural locations. As seafood employment coordinator, Goforth will work closely with seafood processors to implement the program and monitor Alaska hire activities in the 18 Alaska Job Center Network offices and seafood processing work sites.

Goforth, who most recently made her home in Ketchikan, begins her job March 20 and will be based in Anchorage.

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