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WASHINGTON, D.C.--Gov. Eric Holcomb credit Pres. Trump and his administration, in part, for Indiana's job growth. In a meeting with Trump's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, of which Holcomb is a member, he praised the president for giving states freedom to do what they need to do to foster job creation.
"Mr. President, let me pile on the praise for your administration's laser focus on this topic," said Holcomb in a Wednesday night meeting in D.C. "It is going to...define our nation, define our states, our organizations and our companies and the legacy we leave behind us when we get this right."
Holcomb pointed out at the meeting that the administration allowed Indiana a waiver that allowed the state to cut its workforce council in half, which Holcomb said sped up the work and efficiency. That may have ultimately allowed jobs to come to Indiana faster.
"I just want to express another debt of gratitude for trusting us."
Holcomb, one of just two governors on the board, shared that more Hoosiers are achieving education and training beyond high school due in part to his Next Level Jobs initiative.
“Indiana’s greatest asset is our people, and my focus is on ensuring all Hoosiers have the tools they need to find meaningful work and careers,” said Holcomb. “I’m thrilled to see Indiana gaining ground. We will continue to support those seeking education and training, so that everyone has a pathway to success.”
The number of Hoosiers with education beyond a high school diploma reached 43.4 percent in 2018, bringing Indiana closer to its 60 percent attainment goal by 2025.
“We know that in today’s world learning beyond high school is crucial to grow our state’s economy, meet workforce demand and improve individual quality of life,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “As we continue to make progress toward Indiana’s big goal for 60 percent of Hoosiers to have a postsecondary credential by 2025, Next Level Jobs reaches an important group of Hoosiers who will help us get there.”