Gov. Edwards’ Plan To Make Louisiana’s Workforce The Most Job-Ready In The Country Is The First Policy Plan Released By Any 2019 Candidate For Governor
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July 22, 2019
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards released his plan to make Louisiana’s workforce the most job-ready in the country in his second term.
The plan, which you can view here, builds on Gov. Edwards’ successful first-term workforce development initiatives. Among other items, the plan calls for universal access to dual enrollment classes for Louisiana high schoolers, the re-enactment of the Apprenticeship tax credit that expired under Jindal, increased access to the Incumbent Worker Training Program, and building on FastStart, Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program that has consistently been named the best in the country.
Under Governor Edwards, Louisiana’s personal incomes and state GDP are at an all-time high. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008 after dropping more than any other state from June 2018 to June 2019.
The Edwards administration has attracted 161 new economic development projects that are generating more than 36,000 new permanent jobs, retaining over 31,000 existing jobs, and bringing more than $39 billion in new capital investment to Louisiana.
Much of that success is due to Gov. Edwards’ commitment to workforce development. Under Governor Edwards, Louisiana’s workforce development programs have been ranked as the best in the country. And after the Jindal administration led the nation in cuts to higher education, Gov. Edwards is making new investments in the institutions that train our workers.
Workforce development has been at the core of major economic development deals like the record-breaking DXC Technologies deal, which will bring 2,000 jobs to Louisiana. Companies like DXC are coming to Louisiana because Gov. Edwards has ensured that they will have skilled workers to fill the jobs they create—and those workers will be trained right here in Louisiana.
“Louisiana has the most talented, hardworking people in the world. My administration has created tens of thousands of jobs, our economy is larger than ever in history and our unemployment rate is at an 11-year low. But we still have more to do. In my second term, I will make Louisiana’s workforce the most job-ready in the country,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.
This policy plan is the first in a series that will be released over the campaign.