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HKY4Vets to attend 10/14 MARSOC Progression Expo at Camp Lejeune

HKY4Vets to attend 10/14 MARSOC Progression Expo at Camp Lejeune

10/6/2021 - Nathan Huret, Co-Founder of HKY4Vets, will be attending the MARSOC Progression Expo at Camp Lejeune October 14th. 

This unique event for Marines Special Operators in their families will feature 16 different organizations from across NC and the country that assist transitioning military and their families.  100 families are anticipated to attend this inaugural event at Stone Bay Training Center.

Registration Opens for Nov. 9th Virtual Hiring Event

Registration Opens for Nov. 9th Virtual Hiring Event

10/6/2021 - Building on the initial pilot event held August 26th, HKY4Vets is happy to announce registration is now open for our November 9th Virtual Hiring Event.

This event offers a unique forum for transitioning military, military spouses, guard and reservists to connect directly with the recruitment teams and hiring managers from approximately 20 different Catawba County employers that represent everything from advanced manufacturing, local government to healthcare. 

Interested participants can register now up through November 8th, by clicking here.

HKY4Vets Attends Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit at Fort Bragg

HKY4Vets Attends Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit at Fort Bragg

10/6/2021 - Lindsay Keisler, Nathan Huret (both from HKY4Vets), and Russ Vickers (NC Works) were honored to the attend the recent Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit at Fort Bragg (Sept. 29-30).

HKY4Vets had previously participated in such an event last in April 2016, and saw this is a wonderful opportunity to directly engage 1-on-1 with transitioning military and military spouses.

The event was great and offered HKY4Vets to have some engaged conversations with    approximately 30-40 individuals throughout the day – some with earnest interest in the area. 

Date Set for HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring Event

Date Set for HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring Event

9/20/2021 - Q4's HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring event is officially scheduled for November 9th from 1:00-4:00PM EST. 

This event is exclusive to transitioning servicemembers, military veterans, military spouses, guard and reservists.

Registration opens October 6th to connect with nearly 20 Veteran-friendly employers with hundreds of careers in the Foothills of Western North Carolina and statewide.

Opportunities are available in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Technical/Engineering
  • Office/Administrative
  • Management
  • Local Government & More!

Visit to register, learn more about Hickory, North Carolina and to get to know the participating employer partners who are eager to meet you.

A Successful Virtual Hiring Event

9/20/2021 - We were very excited to host our inaugural HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring Event on August 26th.

Military talent candidates were afforded the opportunity to speak directly with hiring managers from 18 different Hickory-area companies; the event offered these individuals a high-touch opportunity even in a virtual setting.  The average initial conversation per candidate was 8 minutes and 6 seconds - far more than the traditional job fair or even simply sending in resumes/applications blindly. 

We are excited about the next event coming up in November and have a whole slate of events planned up through May 2021.

Hickory among best and most affordable places to live

Hickory among best and most affordable places to live

Hickory, North Carolina ranks among the best places to live in the state and the most affordable metros in America, according to a new report released by U.S. News.

U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to find the best places to live and released the new 2021-2022 rankings on Tuesday. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and provide a high quality of life.

With a low cost of living, the Hickory MSA ranked No. 4 in Most Affordable Places to Live in the United States. This ranking is based on the median gross rent and annual housing costs for mortgage-paying homeowners of each metro area.

“Hickory offers a high quality of life and an affordable cost of living to its residents. This makes Hickory a desirable place to live and we’re seeing more and more people choose Hickory as their home,” said Hickory Mayor Hank Guess.

In addition to ranking among the most affordable places to live, Hickory ranked No. 5 in Best Places to Live in North Carolina and No. 52 overall in Best Places to Live in the United States.

“The City’s investments in the bond program are driving more economic growth and development in the area, and that is also resulting in more housing opportunities. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Hickory as we continue to craft a stronger, more vibrant community,” added Guess.

To review the full 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Live rankings report, visit

Learn more about Hickory’s rankings at

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