As a member of the State Workforce Development Board I have been visiting manufacturers, local officials and educators across the state to discuss our progress with increasing the number of Tennesseans with college degrees and reducing the rate of employment. Initiatives including the Drive to 55, LEAP, Reconnect and VETS have all helped provide a more skilled workforce and this has been one factor in 4.1% unemployment rate in Tennessee.

On August 11, I will speak to the Chamber of Commerce in Morristown, Tennessee to discuss these workforce development and education initiatives and tour local businesses.

Oftentimes, visiting with employers, the discussion turns to excessive federal regulations and unfunded mandates which hamper business growth and innovation. Sometimes they cost jobs. That was the topic when I recently testified in a subcommittee of the United States Senate.