|Loebsack to Host “Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour in Davenport.|
|News Releases - Business, Economy & Finance|
|Written by Joe Hand|
|Monday, 11 August 2014 07:57|
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he will bring his “Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour to Davenport on Monday, August 11th. At this forum, Loebsack will bring together businesses, labor organizations, local stakeholders, and education and training providers to discuss the SECTORS Act. This legislation, a jobs and workforce investment bill that Loebsack introduced in the House, creates partnerships to help close the gap between the kinds of skills that workers have and skills that businesses need. Large portions of Loebsack’s SECTORS Act were recently signed into law by the President as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
“When traveling around Iowa meeting with business leaders, I hear time and time again that they can’t find workers with the skill set they need to be able to hire, despite high unemployment rates,” said Loebsack. “There is a gap between the kinds of skills that workers have and the skills that businesses need. The tools created by the SECTORS Act work to address this gap by targeting workforce development efforts to foster the kind of skills that local businesses need right now.”
Loebsack will also hold forums in Burlington, Ottumwa, Muscatine, Newton, Keokuk and Osceola. Media and cameras are invited to attend.
“Getting Iowans Back to Work” Tour – August 11th
Genesis Systems Group
8900 N. Harrison St.
Attendees will include:
Joel Lorentzen, President/CEO, Genesis Systems Group
Chuck Keibler, Executive VP, Genesis Systems Group
Donald Doucette, Chancellor, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Dan Martin, Director of Operations for Blong Technology Center, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Keith Kramer, President, Sivyer Steel
Thomas Flaherty, VP- Business Development, QC Chamber
Scott VanDeWoestyne, Director of Government Affairs, QC Chamber
Additional local industry and labor representatives###
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