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Governor Quinn Creates Women’s Advisory Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:33

Will Focus on Strengthening Women’s Role in Illinois’ Economic Recovery

CHICAGO - August 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the creation of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Women, with the goal of strengthening the participation of women in Illinois’ economic recovery.

“Women entrepreneurs are helping to drive the economic growth of our state. This advisory council will make sure we are eliminating barriers so they can reach their full potential as workers, employers and business owners,” Governor Quinn said. “The women on this council have dedicated their lives to these issues, and I thank them for their service.” 

Co-chaired by Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas and Judy Gold, a nationally-recognized women’s advocate, the volunteer council will be composed of non-elected female leaders from a variety of cultural, economic and professional backgrounds. The council will work to advance the role and participation of women in Illinois’ economy and recovery.

The council will also work to increase the number of women in the engineering, science and technology fields, and support the development and growth of women-owned business enterprises. The council will recommend policy solutions to remove barriers to women in the workforce. It will examine issues that initially include pay inequities, financial literacy, child care, access to capital for small business owners, workforce development and job training, and educational opportunities.

“Women are a critical part of our economy and are playing an important role in our economic recovery.” Thomas said. “I’m honored that Governor Quinn has asked me to co-chair this advisory council.” 

“Governor Quinn has a proven record of supporting issues important to women and girls. I commend him for that commitment and for establishing a women’s council.” Gold said. “I look forward to working with him, Deputy Governor Thomas and these committed appointees on this important project." 

The members of the council are: Cristal Thomas, deputy governor; Judy Gold, a partner at Perkins Coie; Nancy Chen, former Region V director of the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau; Judy Rice, a vice-president at Harris Bank; Maria Pasquiera, president of Mujeras Latinas en Accion; Hedy Ratner, co-president of the Women’s Business Development Center; Juliette Pryor, executive vice president, general counsel and chief ethics officer of U.S. Foodservice; and Amy Hilliard, president and chief executive officer of the Comfort Cake Company.

The council, which will meet at least four times over the next year, will make recommendations to the Governor on legislative and policy issues important to women and girls across Illinois.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Hold Rural Forum TOMORROW at the Iowa State Fair to Discuss Jobs and Economic Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:13

DES MOINES, IA, August 18, 2011- Tomorrow, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold a White House Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair with businesses and community leaders, farmers, ranchers, and Tribal leaders to explore ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs.  As chair of the White House Rural Council, Secretary Vilsack will discuss the Rural Council’s new policy recommendations, which focus on key areas of need in rural America including helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural access to health care workers and technology.

Friday’s event follows on President Obama’s White House Rural Economic Forum today in Peosta, IA, and allows attendees at the Iowa State Fair to participate in a Rural Forum.  Secretary Vilsack will give a recap of what was discussed with President Obama today.

Friday, August 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. CDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will hold a Rural Forum with businesses leaders, farmers, ranchers, and Tribal leaders  to explore ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs.

WHERE: Iowa State Fair
Penningroth Media Center in the Cattle Barn
Des Moines, IA

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UPDATE: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Conference Call TODAY to Announce Additional Rural Investments and to Give Recap of the White House Rural Economic Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:03

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2011– Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host an on-the-record media call to announce new investments in rural America and to give a recap of the White House Rural Economic Forum that was held with President Obama in Peosta, Iowa this week. The Forum brought together farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials to discuss ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation in rural communities nationwide.

The 31 state and Puerto Rico receiving support from USDA include: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.

Thursday, August 18
11:30 a.m. (EDT)

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will host a media call to announce new investments and to give recap of the White House Rural Economic Forum.

DIAL IN: 1-800-857-5233

Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)

Troubleshooting: 202-720-8560

All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.



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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Hold Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair to Discuss Jobs and Economic Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Business & Economy
Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:12

DES MOINES, IA, August 16, 2011- On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold a White House Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair with businesses and community leaders, farmers, ranchers, and Tribal leaders to explore ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs.  As chair of the White House Rural Council, Secretary Vilsack will discuss the Rural Council’s new policy recommendations, which focus on key areas of need in rural America including helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural access to health care workers and technology.

Friday’s event follows on President Obama’s White House Rural Economic Forum today in Peosta, IA, and allows attendees at the Iowa State Fair to participate in a Rural Forum.  Secretary Vilsack will give a recap of what was discussed with President Obama today.

Friday, August 19, 2011
10:00 a.m. CDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will hold a Rural Forum with businesses leaders, farmers, ranchers, and Tribal leaders  to explore ways federal, state and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and create jobs.

WHERE: Iowa State Fair
Penningroth Media Center in the Cattle Barn
Des Moines, IA

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Braley Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Rural Economic Initiatives PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:58

Waterloo, IA - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after President Obama announced new Rural Economic Initiatives while traveling in Iowa:

“We've lost 54,000 manufacturers in the last decade, unemployment remains at nine percent, and many Iowa families have seen tremendous challenges over the last three years. While I have disagreed with President Obama on a number of policies, including the most recent Deficit Deal, the continuation of the costly war in Afghanistan, and the extension of the Bush tax bonuses for the rich, I'm pleased to see that today he announced investments in rural small businesses and job growth. I look forward to working with the President to make sure these proposals are implemented in a way that creates jobs in Iowa and gets our economy back on track.”

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