Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, April 8, 2010:
Will Provide Access to Critical and Timely Information for Stakeholders Across the State
FRIENDSVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam announced today plans to develop an online jobs clearinghouse that will pull together existing market data in a user-friendly way so that every jobseeker, employer, community official, higher education institution, and economic development organization has access to timely and accurate information on the current and future economic landscape of Tennessee.
As governor, Mayor Haslam will lead the creation of a system that will allow users to easily access tailored information on each community and region’s industry strengths and educational attainment levels, projected workforce needs, and the training and education required for high demand career fields as well as information on how it can quickly be obtained.
“Tennessee is still suffering from nearly 11 percent unemployment,” Haslam said. “Lots of people are looking for work, but the question is, ‘How can we aid in that process? How can we help people make informed decisions about what careers to pursue, what businesses to start, what training to offer?’”
This one-stop shop will serve both a short-term and long-term purpose. It will help the thousands of Tennesseans who have recently lost their jobs quickly rejoin the workforce, but it will also help communities, entrepreneurs, and postsecondary institutions make informed decisions about future economic development.
“The focus of my campaign, and my top priority from the moment I enter office, will be to make Tennessee the #1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The first objective will be to get Tennesseans back to work immediately,” Haslam continued. “Getting people timely information on economic trends, projected workforce needs, the jobs of the future and how to obtain them – I think that’s a great start.”
Mayor Haslam recently concluded a three-week, statewide Jobs Tour and transitioned this week into a focus on workforce development. Today he is spending time in Blount, Bradley, and Loudon counties, including visits related to workforce development at Cleveland State Community College and the new Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Community College. The Mayor’s schedule for the rest of the week can be found below.
Bill Haslam is the two-term Mayor of Knoxville, re-elected in 2007 with 87% of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, he led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. His combination of executive and public service experience makes him uniquely qualified to be Tennessee’s next Governor. Haslam is the right person at the right time to lead Tennessee.
Bill and Crissy Haslam have two daughters, Annie and Leigh, and a son, Will, who resides in Knoxville with his wife, Hannah.
For more information on Bill Haslam please visit www.BillHaslam.com.