Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell will travel to the White House on Wednesday, June 13 and meet with Vice President Kamala Harris at a summit celebrating how local leaders have used US bailout funding for the benefit of the workforce in their communities.
The half-day summit in Washington DC will focus on how local governments nationwide – including LA County – have spent the millions of dollars they have received from the ARP. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will deliver a speech alongside Harris, according to a statement released Tuesday by the White House.
During the summit, Mitchell, who represents the Second District and is chairman of the Board of Supervisors, will tout two LA County workforce initiatives, including one that aims to create high-quality jobs in the fields of technology, construction, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing for communities. historically excluded from them. The other is a fund to support those in workforce training programs.
Mitchell’s office did not return requests for comment.
President Joe Biden signed into law the US bailout in 2021 – in a bid to ease some of the economic burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and launch the country into a period of recovery.
The law included more than $1 trillion to create a national COVID-19 vaccination program, mitigate the spread of the virus, and reopen public schools.
But it was also home to several economic stimulus programs, such as extending unemployment benefits and issuing $1,400 checks to working families.
However, the $40 million provided to local governments to implement and support workforce expansion programs is more relevant to Wednesday’s summit.
The $10 million LA County received went to its High Road Training Partnerships and Worker Equity Fund programs, which the county established in 2018.
The county launched the HRTP as a demonstration project to model community and industry partnerships, according to its website.
The Worker Equity Fund provides support services and financial assistance to individuals participating in county workforce training programs to ensure that they can participate without any undue barriers.
The main priorities of the HRTP program are centered on creating equitable employment opportunities for historically marginalized people, including those who are black, by engaging with producers of quality jobs and helping them to mitigate their contribution to climate change.
“The approach elevates workers hardest hit by discrimination, economic exclusion and exploitation,” said the website said, noting that the partners are “committed to creating jobs that provide pay, benefits, physical security, a stable schedule, and career paths that result in economic mobility.”
HRTP partners are also working with communities to adapt and create new employment opportunities that are more in line with carbon neutrality.
Mitchell, at Wednesday’s summit, will discuss how the programs have fared so far – particularly in high-demand industries such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and technology, the agency said. White House.
The summit will also include sessions with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, as well as panels with mayors, county officials, and labor and community leaders nationwide on their agendas. American Rescue Plan workforce.