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Nonprofit Elevate Branson has introduced a motorized scooter initiative designed to help give workers transportation to their jobs and, in turn, boost retention for businesses in Stone and Taney counties.
Called Elevate Rides featuring MyCityRides Branson, the transportation program aims to partner with businesses to provide scooters to their employees, according to a news release. Elevate Rides offers driver training, protective gear, liability insurance and scooter maintenance.
Memphis, Tennessee-based MyCityRides is a nonprofit that supports workforce development via scooters. Elevate Branson's website states the local program is supported by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program and has financing available through First Community Bank of Branson. Business partnerships with Elevate Branson start at $199 per month.
“Elevate Rides featuring MyCityRides Branson is an excellent opportunity for employers to boost retention, increase employee reliability, and to secure a more consistent, dependable workforce,” Elevate Branson founder and CEO Bryan Stallings said in the release. “Due to the lack of public transportation in our community, individuals are limited to the employment opportunities and resources in their very immediate vicinity, and employers are often left with a limited pool of candidates to consider for their available positions.
Elevate Rides also has a scooter rental program for businesses who employ J-1 visa students, giving mobility options to international employees while they're working in the Branson area.
Elevate Branson also operates the Elevate Entrepreneurs “startup bootcamp” program and the Elevate Community tiny-home project.
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