The Q5 jobs initiative is working on several new strategies to improve the local job market.
One major project is an effort to encourage buying local in business-to-business transactions.
The goal is to switch at least five-percent of such business from out-of-county businesses back to local vendors.
Another effort focuses on beautification, with one project aiming to put local artwork into vacant storefronts.
Local businesses and organizations have donated millions to fund the job creation effort.