Portman Participates in Workforce Roundtable Discussion Hosted by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

Portman’s JOBS Act Will Strengthen CTE Programs & Help More Ohioans Get the Skills and Training They Need to Fill In-Demand Jobs

June 29, 2021 | Press Releases

AKRON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce. Portman provided updates as it relates to the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations and how he is working with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a package focused on core infrastructure without corporate or individual tax hikes. 

In addition, Senator Portman highlighted his bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act. This legislation would better support today’s students by making high-quality, shorter-term education and training programs eligible for federal Pell Grants. By expanding Pell Grant eligibility, the JOBS Act would help close the skills gap so workers can afford the job training and credentials that are in demand as industries have shifted as we continue to recover and rebuild from COVID-19.

“I enjoyed today’s discussion with the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce on the infrastructure negotiations in Washington and how the emerging bipartisan framework would benefit northeast Ohio,” said Portman. “We also talked about how to rebuild and recover our workforce as we emerge from COVID-19. Overall, we must do a better job of ensuring that more Americans have the skills that match the jobs that are available today – as I shared with the Chamber, my JOBS Act helps to do just that by expanding Pell Grant eligibility. I appreciated the feedback I received today, and I will continue working to improve the economy and help working families and small businesses succeed and flourish.”

Photos from the event are below: