So, what’s the deal with the Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones?
So if you follow us, or any other military spouse affiliated groups you might have seen something called the Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone. Sounds great! But, you might be wondering, what is it?
So we’re here to tell you.
The Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones or MSEEZ, launched in early 2018 as an effort to address the widespread challenges faced by military spouses as they search for meaningful career opportunities.
“Military spouses, like veterans, represent the very best of our country, and they have the tremendous skill sets American businesses are seeking,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes, and vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Unfortunately, many military spouses are unable to leverage those skills due to the constant cycle of military deployments and relocations. Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones will help to mitigate the uncertainty of job searching in a new city by connecting spouses to a network of businesses committed to offering career opportunities for military families.”
The MSEEZ programs grew from the findings of a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation study, Military Spouses in the Workplace, in which an overwhelming majority of employed military spouses said that having dual incomes was vitally important to their family, but only 50 percent of military families polled reported having dual-income status. This disparity places an added strain on military families and can ultimately factor into a service member’s decision to stay in or leave the military—factors that can hurt overall military readiness and retention. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.)
Well….. in some of our MilHousing Network sites!
San Antonio was named as the first MSEEZ in February 2018. Our MilHousing Network flagship team is proud to be located in the inaugural city.
It was soon followed by Tampa, and now Colorado Springs, our second MilHousing Network hub, and current residence of our CEO Lindsey.
On June 4th, the first statewide MSEEZ will launch in Washington State.
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