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Haslam Picks Rep. Eldridge for Workforce Development Board

Press Release from the House GOP Caucus, Dec. 13, 2011:

Jackson Representative Called a “Reliable Voice for Small Business and Job Creators on Capitol Hill”

NASHVILLE, TENN. – In a recent announcement, Governor Bill Haslam announced he has selected Representative Jimmy Eldridge (R—Jackson) to serve as a member of the Tennessee Workforce Development Board.

The appointment is evidence that Rep. Eldridge, who chairs the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee, is seen as a reliable voice for small businesses and job creators on Capitol Hill. Nominations for membership on this board are solicited from various sources including labor organizations, business organizations, community-based organizations, and elected officials.

“I am grateful to Governor Haslam for appointing me to this position,” stated Rep. Eldridge. “I will use this platform as an opportunity to articulate and advance some common sense proposals to get Tennesseans back to work.”

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 was enacted by Congress to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States within statewide and local workforce investment systems. The WIA required the establishment of workforce boards, such as this one, to assist in the development of a state’s plans to increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants. As a result, the boards aim to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

As members are appointed by the Governor, all efforts are made to conform to the WIA membership requirements. Private sector appointments to the board are representative of the state’s business community, and include appointments representing small businesses. These business members are owners of or chief executives of businesses that reflect employment opportunities in Tennessee. The board includes members of local workforce boards. Members have policymaking authority within their organizations, agencies, or entities. Additionally, the Governor considers minority, gender, and geographical representation when making appointments to the board.

Eldridge concluded, “I look forward to working with some of the brightest minds from around Tennessee’s business community. This is the type of partnership that can ultimately develop policy initiatives that will pay dividends for all Tennesseans.”

The Board is made up of 30% Business and Industry, 30% State Legislature /State Agencies and Organizations/Local Government/Local Education, 30% Organized Labor/Community-based Organizations, and 10% from the General Public.