Gabby Blauert
Communications Manager




CARMEL, Ind. – A new Hamilton County-based Disability Employment Program trains individuals with disabilities and connects them with job opportunities in the local hospitality industry.


Hamilton County Tourism, Invest Hamilton County and JANUS Developmental Services established the partnership program with support of the local hospitality industry and American Rescue Plan Act recovery funds provided by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and Council.


“Disadvantaged workers and the hospitality industry were both communities hit hard by the pandemic,” said Invest Hamilton County President & CEO Mike Thibideau. “This is a high-impact collaboration. Programs like this build community, provide economic opportunity and help fill important roles in our ecosystem.” 


In December 2022, the first cohort began training at the Hampton Inn Fishers with great success. The individuals enlisted in the program provided pre-cleaning services to over 30 rooms in one day. Guests, employees and hotel management provided positive feedback and multiple individuals are on the path to permanent part-time positions.


“This program is a win-win for these individuals who could thrive in a lodging community atmosphere, as well as the hotel managers in need of talent to provide the best in hospitality service,” said Hamilton County Tourism President/CEO Brenda Myers. “We appreciate our partners for their innovative thinking.”


The Disability Employment Program will expand within Hamilton County in 2023. To learn more or become a hotel partner with this program, please contact Jill Doyle, Invest Hamilton County’s Senior Manager of Communications and Special Projects, at




About Hamilton County Tourism: Hamilton County Tourism Inc. is a nonprofit, destination management organization that promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and development initiatives providing hospitality to more than four million visitors to Hamilton County, Indiana, each year.


About Invest Hamilton County: The Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation (dba Invest Hamilton County) is an economic development organization focused on talent attraction, retention, development, and quality of life initiatives throughout Hamilton County, Indiana. Our office works with diverse and dynamic stakeholders from throughout the community to help local residents, businesses, and communities address barriers to economic vitality.

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