Florida's Workforce Ambassadors
Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours
Traci Walker, President
When slow business forced Traci and Dave Walker to close their construction business after more than 25 years, they decided to open an eco-adventure attraction featuring zip lining – only the fourth known attraction like it in Florida.
To get off to a strong start, Traci and Dave needed to hire an inaugural staff that would be dependable and quick-learning. Over a four-month period, the Walkers tapped Workforce Connection, the Regional Workforce Board for Citrus, Levy and Marion counties, for resources such as recruiting, candidate screening, office space for meetings and interviews and publicity.
With the help of Workforce Connection, a member of the Employ Florida network, Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours provided jobs to 25 people. Workforce Connection helped offset the cost of training 13 of the new hires through its On-the-Job Training program.
Today, Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours is a thriving business. The Walkers enjoy knowing they can depend on their local workforce board for the talent their business needs to keep growing and providing customers with unforgettable experiences every day.
“Workforce Connection provided our businesses with hardworking people who love what they do,” Traci said. “Our employees make customers happy and our company successful.”
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