Archive for ◊ September, 2011 ◊

• Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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Panelists during the CBC Town Hall on the economy, jobs

The Town Hall on Jobs and the Economy, held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. 41st Legislative Conference yesterday, featured panelists who fleshed out some of the continuing economic challenges related to jobs, and offered some solutions for communities and businesses alike. It is often impossible to set aside politics and rhetoric when attending any conference hosted by elected officials, especially in Washington. While political sentiments bubbled to the surface at times, there were several cogent points made about the country’s lack of jobs and possible solutions to overcome the effects of the economy.

Moderated by former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, the session opened with greetings from ranking Democrat, and former speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Panelists included Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, BET founder and entrepreneur Bob Johnson, former AFSCME leader Bill Lucy, Economist Julianne Malveaux, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

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• Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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The White House to unveil detailed jobs plan soon

President Barack Obama laid out his plan to get Americans back to work during his speech on jobs to Congress this week. While the nation has been impacted as a whole, job seekers and business owners in the Washington, DC area sound off about their fears, frustration, and hope as a seemingly last ditch effort to corral both political parties to solve the continuing crisis was made by the President.

A real estate professional in Virginia, who asked that we not reveal her identity, said that she continues to endure the negative impact the economy has had on her industry. In addition to worrying about making ends meet due to a reduced income, she faces almost $50,000 in debt from the IRS and medical bills.

We are issuing a series of articles on the impact of the jobs situation in the DC metro area. Send your comments, suggestions, and feedback to
• Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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DC Mayor Vincent Gray announces One City, One Hire

Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, flanked by leadership of the DC Chamber of Commerce and the DC Department of Employment Services, announced the OneCity, One Hire initiative on Thursday at the chamber’s office in downtown DC.

An effort to encourage employers to hire District job seekers, OneCity, One Hire has an ambitious goal in today’s economy: hire 10,000 residents as soon as possible. Modeled after Atlanta’s Hire One jobs initiative, which helped successfully employ 13,000 job seekers within six months of its launch, Mayor Gray hopes to see similar results in the nation’s capital.

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• Friday, September 09th, 2011


On the heels of President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress last night about his plan for jobs, and specifically, the American Jobs Act, the White House will hold a teleconference this afternoon. Details and call in information are below:


Last night President Obama presented his plan to create jobs and grow our economy during a nationally televised address to both U.S. Houses of Congress.  Now it’s your turn to learn more and hear details.  This afternoon, Friday, September 9th at 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the White House will hold a Jobs Update conference call.

WHAT:   Jobs Update Conference Call with White House Officials
WHEN:   Friday, September 9th
4:30PM EDT
HOW:     Call toll free 1 – (800) 230-1059
TITLE:   Jobs Update Conference Call (this is the title you give to the

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• Thursday, September 08th, 2011

State of US jobs - what concerns YOU?

We are seeking respondents for two articles and an ASK THE STRATEGIST blog post about President Obama’s jobs speech tonight, Thursday, September 8, 2011. We would like to hear from job seekers, career/workforce experts (i.e. human resources, recruiters, trainers, directors of training centers), and employers to talk about the following:

1. What do you hope President Obama includes in his speech on jobs?
2. Describe how the economy has impacted you personally (positively or negatively)
3. Detail how you are surviving or thriving in this new economy
4. How much (if at all) and how exactly are politics stalling progress on jobs in the USA?
5. How has the economy impacted your workplace/department/entire company or organization?
6. Share if you have a plan to navigate the job market

If you live and work in the Greater Washington, DC area ONLY, and would like to possibly be featured in the article(s), email me a BRIEF response to the topics above (no more than one paragraph) AND the following ASAP:

1. Your first and last name (which may or may not be used)
2. Your city/state
3. Email address
4. Phone number

NOTE: All articles will be written today for potential publication tomorrow. So, also include the latest time you are willing to be called or emailed TONIGHT.

Only respondents selected for the interviews will be initially contacted.

Email your responses to (no phone calls, please).

p.s. We are Tweeting live during the President’s speech tonight 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Twitter. Follow us and join the conversation at

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