First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Visits Columbus to Discuss Workforce Hub

Published on July 12, 2023

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in Council Chambers with Mayor Ginther

First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden visited Columbus today to launch the Workforce Hub initiative, ensuring students and workers have access to good-paying jobs created by President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda.

“A job is more than just a paycheck,” said First Lady Biden. “It’s a path, a way to build the lives we want. And everyone, every American, deserves the chance to do just that. Columbus and these hubs will be invaluable models for others, and I can’t wait to shine a light on what’s possible when we come together to invest in education and training.”

Columbus has emerged as a center of investment in key industries—including semiconductor manufacturing, clean energy, biotechnology, high-performance computing and transportation. The Biden-Harris Administration is working alongside Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Columbus City Council and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) to bring together other institutions of higher education, employers, unions, high schools and other stakeholders to ensure a diverse and skilled workforce that can meet the demand for labor driven by investments in and around Columbus.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to give young people in our community incredible chances for transformational training opportunities and take advantage of some of the jobs that are being created by Intel, Honda and so many others here in central Ohio,” said Mayor Ginther.

A panel discussion included Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; Dr. David Harrison, President of CSCC; Stephanie Hightower, President of the Columbus Urban League;  Kevin Hoggatt, Director of State Government Affairs at Intel; and Mike Knisley from the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council.

“The First Lady’s visit to Columbus to celebrate our designation as a Workforce Hub is a culmination of the work that the Mayor, the City Council, Columbus State, labor leaders, the private sector and so many other partners have done to put equitable workforce development at the top of the regional agenda,” said Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin. “To win the future, we need to put our whole team on the field. From Columbus Promise to Building Futures and more, we will continue to invest in training and education so our residents can get the good jobs we are bringing here.”

Columbus is one of five cities chosen for the initiative. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Augusta, GA, are the others.

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