Continuing His JOBS Act and Workforce Tour, Portman Keynotes Eastern Ohio Development Alliance’s Annual Meeting
Remarks Focused on Strengthening CTE Programs & Helping More Ohioans Get the Skills and Training They Need to Fill In-Demand Jobs
WALNUT CREEK, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour and delivered remarks at Eastern Ohio Development Alliance’s (EODA) Annual Meeting, discussing Career and Technical Education (CTE) and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs. He also participated in the presentation of EODA’s 2019 Excellence Awards for Small and Emerging Business, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Technology.
“I enjoyed today’s discussion at the EODA’s annual meeting, and I was honored to help present their 2019 Excellence Awards to employers who are doing such great work in the region. I look forward to continuing to work with EODA to promote economic growth in eastern Ohio,” said Portman. “One area where we can make progress is helping Ohio employers who are struggling to find people with the right skills to fill today’s in-demand jobs. We have a skills gap, but I was encouraged by the discussion today and I enjoyed learning about the workforce development partnership with Northeast Ohio businesses and EODA. I will continue my work at the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed.”
NOTE: Ohio and our nation are seeing economic growth, new job creation, and rising wages for the first time in nearly a generation. However, employers are saying they can’t find workers with the skills to fill the available jobs. Portman has taken the lead to address this skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act. In addition, his Second Chance Act is working to help people exiting the prison system rebuild their lives by getting the mental health treatment and skills training they need to reenter the workforce. Finally, Portman has also led the effort to combat the drug crisis hitting our state, helping those battling addiction get the treatment needed to return to the workforce.
As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen CTE programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. Recently, Portman and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan JOBS Act, which would expand Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials they need for today’s job market. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Rob is working to include this measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.
So far on his JOBS Act and Workforce Development Tour, Portman has visited Warren Fabricating and Machining in Trumbull County, Stark State’s Akron Campus in Summit County, Staub Manufacturing in Montgomery County, Rhinestahl Advanced Manufacturing in Warren County, a Department of Justice Reentry Conference in Franklin County, and a Drug Addiction and Workforce Roundtable in Knox County, and Venture Products in Wayne County.
Photos from the event are below: