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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Highlights Workforce Development Bill During Tour of Knappe & Koester, Inc. in Keene

May 1, 2013
Press Release
Common sense legislation would help train highly-skilled, 21st century workforce in the Granite State

KEENE, N.H.  – As part of her ongoing “Congress at Your Company” series, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today visited Knappe & Koester, Inc. to highlight her new legislation that would help train a highly-skilled, 21st century workforce in the Granite State. Last week, Kuster introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act, common sense legislation that 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.

“Training a highly-skilled, 21st century workforce is critical for growing our economy, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class,” Kuster said. “When we invest in our workforce, more young people will stay here in New Hampshire, our students will be more competitive in the job market, and businesses like Knappe & Koester will be more successful in the economy. My new bill is good for students, good for businesses, and good for our entire economy.”

“I want to thank Congresswoman Kuster for her bill supporting two of the cornerstones of our economy: manufacturing and education,” added Ray M. Anderson, President of Knappe & Koester. “Frankly, this is the best news that has come out of Washington in years and I am delighted that the author is a New Hampshire representative. We hear so much about Congress and special interests. If Congresswoman Kuster’s ‘special interests’ are the growth of our manufacturing sector and improving the technical training of our people, then her efforts have my full support.”

Kuster introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act following extensive outreach to business and education leaders from across the Granite State. As part of her ongoing “Congress at Your Company” series, Kuster has visited businesses like Knappe & Koester throughout New Hampshire to hear directly from local leaders about ways the federal government can better support private sector job creation and economic growth.

The Workforce Development Investment Act would provide up to $10,000 in annual tax credits to employers that partner with community colleges or other institutions of higher education to improve workforce development for students by:

  • Helping develop curriculum;
  • Assisting with instruction in the classroom; and
  • Providing internships, apprenticeships, or other hands-on educational opportunities for students

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.


Press Contact:
Rob Friedlander, (202) 225-5206