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Gray keeps pledge to hold a jobs summit

By Tim Craig

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will hold a "jobs summit" Dec. 13, fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign to bring the community together to prioritize job creation even before he takes office.

The summit, to be held at the Reeves Municipal Center on U Street NW, will include "business owners, organized labor, government officials, job training providers, representatives of the higher education community, and other key stakeholders in the District's economy," according a statement from Gray's transition office.

"There is no issue of greater importance than connecting District residents to jobs," Gray said. "Therefore, I am pleased to get an early start on new strategies to spur job growth, reinvigorate job training programs, and attract and retain businesses that will hire our residents."

Since defeating Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, Gray has become a big fan of town-hall gatherings.

He held a town hall meeting in each of the city's eight wards between the primary and the general election, and he recently said he hopes to continue the practice after being sworn in Jan. 2.

Barbara Lang, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and Josyln Williams, head of the Metropolitan Council of the AFL-CIO, will chair Gray's jobs summit.

By Tim Craig  | November 17, 2010; 5:39 PM ET
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1200 retail jobs/400 construction jobs coming to the city thorugh WalMart by 2012 is a great beginning.

Provisioning of student and adult skilled trade training is the direction we should also be looking. Jobs are here in DC, many residents just don't qualify for them.

Enforce the laws on the books requiring residential hiring preference in business ventures bankrolled on the taxpayer dime.

Reinstate subsidized child care to allow low income parents the opportunity to get out and work.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 18, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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