Tuesday, March 9, 2010

CM Michael Brown's home run of a hearing

At-large CM Michael Brown hit a home run on March 5 at his first hearing as chair of the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development.   He demonstrated a command of the issues and asked good questions.   He started the hearing with this:
Stable employment, affordable housing and quality education are the keys to stabilizing our most challenged neighborhoods.   Job training and preparing District residents to succeed in the workplace must continue to be the focus of the Department’s operations.
  • Are we are training our residents in industries where jobs currently exist or where they are projected to exist in the near future?
  • How do we measure outcomes related to job training?
  • How do we ensure that our youth workforce development programs provide meaningful experiences year-round that set our youth up for success?

Read the rest of CM's opening statement here.   To see who testified at the hearing, take a look at the final witness list.

DOES director Joe Walsh will appear before the committee on March 15 at 1:00 pm in Room 120 of the JAWB.

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