"The faster we can get people connected to jobs locally, the better it is for everybody," says Andrey Biryuchinskiy.
With vaccinations being stepped up and better treatments being discovered, the scourge of coronavirus appears to be receding, as is the pandemic of unemployment that it brought to the Tri-state. Now with businesses set to re-open, the unemployed and employers need to be connected.
In the same city, you can have thousands of open jobs and at the same time, thousands of unemployed," says Biryuchinskiy. "During the pandemic the numbers increased on both sides."
That's where Andrey Biryuchinskiy has stepped in. The 2016 University of Evansville graduate, now based in Boston, has developed a mobile app called "Hard-workers.Com", which connects local workers with local employers. Evansville is the test city.
"When we were looking at the connection, establishing the connection between employers and local workers," says Biryuchinskiy. "Usually when you're looking for a job, you're looking around town. Most people don't plan to move for a job, like from evansville to texas, or whatever or chicago. They just want to know what's available in their town. And that's why it's all local-based."
Now getting to the hard-work app is simple. Just take out your phone. Go to the poster. Take out your QR code app. And just like that, you're ready to go.
Though the app has only been out for little more than a week, Andrey's two local agents, Evansville student-athletes Kayla Casteel and Allana McInnis have a dozen businesses and have gotten more than one hundred signed up.
People have been very supportive," says Casteel. "I've had a very easy time of going into their companies and getting them involved with it and just getting their support."
"A lot of businesses, we've basically been telling them that if you support us, we'll support you," says McInnia. "And it's basically a free transaction."
Some of the area businesses that have already got on board include the Vanderburgh County Humane Society, The Rooftop Food and Drinks and Martin Family Practice, where office manager Rue Reynolds sees this as a vital step for the Tri-state to emerge from the pandemic intact.
"I'm hoping that all the people that have lost their jobs," says Reynolds, "unfortunately due to the pandemic or have been furloughed can not have to move to new places to find jobs. Ideally, everyone can stay here locally and, using this app, can find local employment that they'll find beneficial."
If you're a business interested in getting involved with this network, just go to ihrtmytown.com for more information or to sign up.