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Jobs Creation Commission Regional Hearings Tour Visiting New Bedford

March 4, 2012

Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Joseph Wagner, co-chairs of the Jobs Creation Commission, are hosting a Public Hearing in New Bedford as part of the Regional Hearings Tour they kicked off in October 2011. In addition to their monthly meetings in Boston, the co-chairs have conducted Regional Hearings across the Commonwealth to solicit public testimony from local businesses, hiring agencies, and workers to learn more about the key factors necessary to increase job creation.

These monthly hearings in various regions across the state have provided 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 area are facing when trying to find a job. The next hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 9th at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. United States Congressman William Keating, State Senator Mark Montigny, State Senator Michael Rodrigues, State Senator Marc Pacheco, and New Bedford Mayor Jonathan Mitchell are among the elected officials scheduled to attend.

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 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 consist of three panels:

  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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.

The New Bedford hearing will be a joint collaboration between three local Workforce Investment Boards: Greater New Bedford, Bristol, and Brockton and will cover the communities represented by these three organizations.

 DETAILS:
Jobs Creation Commission – New Bedford Regional Hearing
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford
Friday, March 9th
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Regional hearings have already taken place in Holyoke, Worcester, Lynn, Plymouth, and Lowell. Additional hearings have been schedule to take place in Framingham and Boston:

Framingham Hearing
Framingham Public Library
49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA
Friday, April 13, 2012 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Boston Hearing
Location TBD
Friday, May 4, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

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