Mayor Jim Suttle announced his office would earmark money in next year’s city budget for job training, but also seek to “enhance” the city’s tax-increment financing program and create an advisory council of business professionals and policymakers to help advance economic growth.
“We must do more to bring industry and job trainers together to ensure that our workforce is properly trained to fill the high-demand jobs of today’s society and anticipate trends to ensure our workforce is ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Suttle said.
The mayor’s comments come as job creation and economic development again emerge as key campaign issues in this year’s city election. His annual State of the City speech is scheduled for this week, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll touch on these issues again. We’re waiting to hear more details on the specific proposals he outlined this morning.