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Job Creation Commission Regional Hearings Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow!

October 12, 2011

Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), co-chairs of the Jobs Creation Commission announced earlier this week that in addition to their monthly meetings in Boston, beginning tomorrow the Commission will embark upon a Regional Hearings Tour.

During these hearings, commissioners will be soliciting public testimony from businesses, hiring agencies, and workers throughout the Commonwealth to learn about the key factors necessary to increase job creation.

The first hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 13th at the Holyoke Transportation Center will provide commissioners with a perspective on what residents identify as the successful tools and services to spur job creation as well as the barriers people in the region are facing when trying to find a job.

These sessions are intended to provide commissioners with a complete overview of the challenges and opportunities individuals face when looking for work and those that local businesses face when looking to hire. Discussions will focus on the methods, ideas and opportunities available to help spur job creation and ensure continued economic growth across the Commonwealth. The intent is to use this information to examine the effectiveness of the State’s existing policies as well as identify what additional work can be done to propel economic growth, create jobs and help Massachusetts maintain its competitive edge.

The hearings will consist of three panels:

  • A panel of individuals actively looking for work and officials from local organizations that represent workers to discuss successful services to utilize while searching for work as well as the barriers keeping them from being employed;
  • A panel of local business owners to discuss the costs of doing business associated with the region, and the circumstances under which they look to hire additional employees; and
  • A panel of human resource professionals to discuss what skills they look for in an employee, what services they use for employee training, and what they do when the available applicants do not meet all the criteria they look for.

The public is invited to attend and following the panels, there will be an opportunity for public testimony.

Schedule for Additional Regional Hearings:

November – Worcester
Teamsters Hall
330 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester
Date TBD

December – Lynn
Date and Location TBD

January 18, 2012 – Plymouth Area
Location TBD  

February – Lowell
Date and Location TBD

March – New Bedford
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford
Date TBD

April – MetroWest Region
Date and Location TBD

Since January, the Jobs Creation Commission has held meetings once a month in Boston. Listed below is schedule for the rest of 2011:

Wednesday, October 26th
One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor Conference Room, Boston
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30th
One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor Conference Room, Boston
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 28th
One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor Conference Room, Boston
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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