PITTSBURG, KS.--- Pittsburg business leaders gathered this morning to discuss the future of their city. According to a local economist, more than 3,000 jobs in Southeast Kansas were lost from 2007 to 2009. Since then, Pittsburg city leaders have been working to nurture the businesses they currently have and attract new companies to the area through progressive ways, like tax cuts. One big issue business leaders highlighted during the conference was job training.
"A lot of business owners in particular comment on the quality of their applicant pool, and they're very disappointed. They would like to have more, not necessarily better trained employees, but employees who can present themselves better," said Mike McKinnis, Economic Instructor.
Business analysts stressed the importance of teaching soft skills in the community because a number of job seekers are not receiving them. Agriculture, real estate, small businesses and health care were the main topics of the discussion.
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