As job losses piled up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mesquite stepped forward with skills training, public outreach and employment opportunities.

Those efforts were recognized this month with the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce’s “2020 Mesquite Business Retention and Expansion Employer of the Year Award.”

Steven Bridges, an account executive with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas who serves on the chamber’s board, credited the city with helping Mesquite residents find work.

“With high unemployment and numerous layoffs due to COVID-19, the city leapt to the challenge of filling their own job vacancies as well as helping others with job seeking tips,” he said in a news release.

Mesquite launched a virtual job fair, a Roadmap to Resources aimed at helping business owners and a Dining with Social Distancing guide for local restaurants.

Bridges also said the city’s “Shop Mesquite TX” and “Small Business Saturday” campaigns during the holidays helped boost small businesses.

“I am so very proud of the city receiving this honor. One of my goals is for Mesquite to be the most employed city in America,” Mayor Bruce Archer said in a news release. “This award shows that our relentless hard work to develop programs in order to get people working again made an impact. Jobs, jobs, jobs and economic opportunity for all of our residents is what we are about.”