By Ken Elkins - Senioir Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal
To Nathan Huret, veterans were an untapped workforce that could be brought to the Hickory area to fill jobs, in particular those that require leadership and teamwork skills.
So Huret, director of existing industry at the Catawba County Economic Development Corp., and others started Welcome Home Hickory Metro to give soon-to-be-discharged members of the military a weekend glimpse of what’s available in Hickory.
“It’s a population that we’ve never tried to work with,” Huret says. A year ago, Huret, the Hickory Chamber and dozens of other sponsors including employers launched a program to bring members of the military from bases in the Carolinas to town for a weekend of job fairs, area tours and even a ropes course at Lake Hickory