Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 3:16 pm
SACRAMENTO - Demonstrating his commitment to make job creation a top priority in his East County district, Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) recently hosted a business roundtable in Santee that resulted in successful networking opportunities for job seekers and businesses.
"With San Diego County's 9.7% unemployment rate above the national average of 8.6%, we must work extra hard to create jobs in our region," said Jones. "That's why I organized a roundtable to hear directly from local manufacturers about how they can more effectively create jobs. As a result, we created important partnerships to fight for job-friendly policies in Sacramento and to connect their businesses with local career centers to help people find jobs."
After Jones' November 9th roundtable at Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI) to discuss California's economic climate, participants networked with each other to help create more economic opportunities. In one example, a QCMI official met with a representative of the East County Career Center to discuss how it could match job seekers with manufacturing opportunities. QCMI subsequently hired one of the Career Center's clients as a result of the business roundtable. The new hire started work on December 5th.
"Thanks to Assemblyman Jones' efforts to reach out to the business community, we were able to help someone find a rewarding manufacturing career," said Susan Roberts-Egley, the Business Services Coordinator of the East County Career Center. "The businesses that we work with at the center greatly value the Assemblyman's efforts and we look forward to working with him to help create more jobs through future networking events and business roundtables."
Jones said the concerns that were expressed by the manufacturers will help his efforts to streamline the state's burdensome regulatory climate. He said he will relay their concerns to his colleagues when the Legislature reconvenes in January.