by Max Brantley
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has scheduled a jobs conference next Wednesday in Little Rock. It provides an illusion of constructive activity while the Republican majority House and filibuster-controlled Senate block jobs legislation and tax increases for the wealthy to narrow deficits. A guess on the conclusions: More tax cuts and less regulation, particularly those pesky clean air and water rules.
Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) announced he will host the Second District Jobs Conference on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. This conference will bring together leading authorities from across Arkansas’s business and educational spectrum to discuss job creation in Arkansas.
“Over the past nine months, I’ve had the chance to speak with constituents from all over Central Arkansas about job creation—at town halls, during meetings in my office, and through phone calls and letters,” Griffin said. “This conference, in many ways, is a continuation of that conversation. Specifically, it will focus on hearing from those who are training our workforce, competing in the marketplace and managing their businesses and payroll.”
The focus of the jobs conference is to identify:
· obstacles facing job creators;
· opportunities for creating jobs in Arkansas; and
· public policies that will encourage private-sector job creation.
The day-long event will feature panel discussions focused on specific business sectors including: agriculture, energy and the environment; health care; aerospace, transportation and infrastructure; education, manufacturing and technology; and real estate, retail and financial services.
A diverse group of over 60 community and business leaders are scheduled to participate in this conversation.
“As someone responsible for the future of my employees, I appreciate our elected officials asking our input on policies that could create more jobs,” said panelist Patrick Schueck, vice president of Prospect Steel, headquartered in Little Rock. “I look forward to discussions on keeping our current staff employed in the future, as well as providing input on how Congress can help address our immediate employment challenges.”
“I am excited by the caliber of professionals and the diversity of viewpoints represented by our panelists,” Griffin said. “This promises to be a free-flowing conversation about job creation, and I look forward to hearing their perspectives.”
The Second District Jobs Conference will be held in the Clinton Presidential Center’s Great Hall and will begin at 8:00 a.m. CT.
This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Individuals are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling (501) 324-5941.
Find out more information about the Second District Jobs Conference by visiting: http://Griffin.House.gov.