Kemp Talks Jobs, Disaster Relief At White House Roundtable

Jun 13, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp took part in a bipartisan roundtable of governors, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, President Donald J. Trump and other administration officials Thursday.

The luncheon was designed to discuss workforce mobility.

Kemp highlighted Georgia's top-rated Quick Start program under the Technical College System of Georgia, which helps companies "assess workers, train new employees on [their] unique processes, and develop customized job-specific training using the most current techniques and media.

"We also have specialized training centers for certain industries that we're targerting in Georgia, that our companies need workers in," Kemp told Trump, mentioning manufacturing, aviation and financial technology as some examples. "Film — the film industry is very big in Georgia right now."

"In Georgia, we're working every day to ensure our world-class workforce is prepared to meet the needs of industries from across the nation and around the world," Kemp said in a press release. "I was honored to join President Trump, Secretary Acosta, fellow governors, and other administration leaders to discuss how we can work together to ensure Georgia - and other states - provide better skills training and attract good jobs."

The press release also highlighted some of Georgia's strengths, including two of the top 20 public universities (Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia) and two of the country's top five HBCUs (Spelman College and Morehouse College) according to U.S. News & World Report.

The governor also thanked Trump for approving a $19.1 billion federal disaster aid plan that will help Georgia farmers recover from last year's hurricane damage.