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Jobs Creation Commission Hosting Boston Hearing

May 1, 2012

Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Joseph Wagner, co-chairs of the Jobs Creation Commission, are hosting a Public Hearing in Boston 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.
Hearings have already taken place in Holyoke, Worcester, Lynn, Plymouth, Lowell, New Bedford, and Framingham and 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 region are facing when trying to find a job. The next hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1199 SEIU in Dorchester.

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 hearing 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.

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