Job fair brings holiday visitors home

By Alicia Nieves

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) They are plenty of friends and family still visiting for the holiday season, and there's a chance some of them may stay a lot longer.

Keeping holiday visitors home was the goal of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce's annual Project Homecoming Career Fair.

Jim Lewis, chairman at the Greater Binghamton Chambers, said this career fair is very different from their other annual fair in the summer because it targets a different demographic.

"I think this one in particular we're looking for those people who aren’t living here currently but are visiting for the holidays," Lewis said.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber has hosted Project Homecoming for more than a decade and it says every year those who attend are surprised by all that greater Binghamton has to offer.

"I think a lot of the time people think there are no jobs here, but there are, and I think that’s why we have this kind of project," Lewis said.

Although this fair takes place during one of the busiest times of year, about 600 people didn't hesitate to attend.

Nakia Forbes, a job seeker who attended the fair, said, “I need a job."

45 companies participated in the fair.

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