Rep. Sewell Hosts Facebook Live Town Hall on Jobs & Economy
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) hosted a Facebook Live Town Hall on jobs and the economy, answering constituent questions submitted online and by email. The Town Hall comes in the lead up to Rep. Sewell’s Annual Congressional Job Fair on Thursday, August 3, and her job skills training workshop on Monday, July 31.
“I’m so excited every year to put on my job fair because I know how important it is to connect job seekers with those who offer jobs,” said Rep. Sewell during the town hall. “I’ve adopted a three point strategy for job growth in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. First, we have to expand skills training in our area – only then can we help constituents close the skills gap and gain the skills they need for 21st century jobs. Second, we need to bring better economic development to the area by attracting employers and providing job fairs and skill training opportunities. Thirdly, we need Congress to act on bipartisan tax reform that makes the U.S. more competitive.”
Rep. Sewell will host the 6th Annual Congressional Job Fair at the University of West Alabama in Livingston on August 3, 2017. The Job Fair will host over fifty major employers hiring in Alabama. These employers will represent a number of industries ranging from the automotive industry to health services. A full list of employers is available on Rep. Sewell’s website. Online registration for the job fair is free and available here.
In addition to hosting the annual Congressional Job Fair, Rep. Sewell founded Project R.E.A.D.Y. This workforce development initiative offers training workshops conducted throughout the 7th congressional district by career professionals in partnership with educational institutions. The next Project R.E.A.D.Y. workshop will be held on Monday, July 31, at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. See more information and register online for the July 31 Project R.E.A.D.Y. event.
Since coming to Congress, Rep. Sewell has made job growth a top priority. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Sewell introduced the Workforce Development Tax Credit Act (H.R. 1190). This bipartisan bill prepares workers for manufacturing jobs by providing federal tax credits for businesses that offer apprenticeship programs as well as additional tax credits for companies that hire apprentices.
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.