Local leaders from Midwest put issues impacting their communities in the spotlight

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) – White House officials are meeting with local leaders from the Midwest to discuss issues effecting their cities.

This includes the ongoing opioid crisis and economic development and infrastructure.

“It’s like they say all politics is local.”

At the White House, local leaders put issues affecting their communities in the spotlight.

Madison County Illinois Board Member Chris Guy says funding for disaster recovery is a top priority.

He wants to rebuild communities and knows it will take time and money.

Hamilton County, Indiana Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt is focused on fixing bridges and roads.

“There is a lot of infrastructure needs and transportation.”

Commissioners say it’s important for local…State and federal leaders to work together to expand job opportunities.

Administration officials tell me the white house is working with local officials to improve workforce training…Identify economic opportunities and support small businesses.

“We have over 5.5. million available jobs in the U.S. and small businesses just being a huge employer across the country are a huge part of that.”

Chris Pilkerton acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration says he’s working to better connect companies with skilled workers.

“Working closely with the office of employment training and assistance and the Department of Labor to identify those jobs and work with small business so they can go to those training centers and hire those people.”

Chris Guy says he’s seen efforts like that payoff.

“Individuals who want to be a CNA or a nurse go to the community college through the workforce development program and get excellent jobs.”

Those are programs administration officials say hope to build on.

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(This story was originally published on August 20, 2019)

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