The Speaker’s Commission on Job Creation is hosting its second “business leadership exchange” in Montgomery Monday, February 28th at Auburn University Montgomery’s Goodwyn Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those who run local businesses throughout the River Region have been invited to the event to share their ideas and recommendations for how to boost private sector job growth in the state.
On February 7, 2011, House Speaker Mike Hubbard announced the formation of the Speaker’s Commission on Job Creation, a select group of business leaders tasked with identifying opportunities to boost private sector job growth through changes in state laws and policies. Speaker Hubbard asked that a final report of creative, achievable and immediate job-creation policy recommendations that can be considered by the Legislature in the Regular Session be delivered to himself, Governor Bentley and the House Committee on Economic Development and Tourism by April 15.
“We must enact policies that will lift unnecessary burdens off existing businesses, attract new industry and ultimately jumpstart job growth,” House Speaker Mike Hubbard said. “The best way to do that is to listen to actual job creators, business leaders who best know what it takes to create an environment that is conducive to growth.”
Commission members are hosting “business leadership exchanges” throughout the state, inviting those that own and operate companies of all kinds to share their ideas about how to help all industries grow. The first exchange, held last week in Huntsville, was a tremendous success as a wide variety of business leaders and entrepreneurs from North Alabama had a productive dialogue.
The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Speaker’s office to host the event, inviting its vast and diverse membership to participate. Shannon Speir, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce executive board vice chair and president of Speir Consulting, serves on the Commission. Speir said this event is the perfect opportunity for those who experience the complexities of running a business day-to-day to share their concerns in a constructive way.
“These meetings are important to gather ideas that will help all businesses thrive in the state,” said Speir. “By serving on this commission, I want to make sure that these ideas are not just written down on paper but put into legislation that removes some of the red tape that many businesses face and create new opportunities. This is not just for big industries; we want input from all businesses and that includes small businesses.”
Those who are unable to attend the Montgomery exchange but would like to submit ideas and recommendations are encouraged to email them to ALjobscommission@gmail.com, or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/speakersjobscommission.
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