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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Expands “Make It In America” jobs plan with Workforce Development Bill

Aug 7, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Further demonstrating her commitment to workforce development in New Hampshire and around the country, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined other House Democrats today at a press conference to announce that eight new bills, including her Workforce Development Investment Act, have been added to the “Make It In America” jobs plan.

Earlier this year, Kuster became a founding member of “Make It In America,” which focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate and create jobs in the United States. The “Make It In America” plan emphasizes four key priority areas: adopting and pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, promoting the export of American goods, encouraging businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the United States, and training and securing a 21st century workforce.

Kuster’s Workforce Development Investment Act would meet these objectives by providing tax incentives to businesses that partner with community colleges and other educational institutions to strengthen workforce development for students. The bill, H.R. 1747, would provide tax credits to employers who collaborate with educational institutions to equip students with the skills they need to compete for well-paying jobs.

“That’s just common sense. When we invest in our workforce, more employers will invest in America,” Kuster said during the press conference. “More employers will invest in America. Our students will be more competitive in the job market, and our businesses will be more successful in the global economy.”

Kuster has made workforce development one of her top priorities in Congress. Over the last few months, she has toured and met with staff and students at Keene State College’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), Nashua Community College (NCC), and New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), as well as advanced manufacturers all across the Granite State.