Black Launches Jobs Task Force Meetings

Mar 12, 2012

Cookeville, TN (Monday, March 12, 2012)—Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), is launching a series of Jobs Task Force meetings throughout the 6th Congressional District, the first of which will be held in Cookeville this afternoon. 

“The economy of each county in the 6th District is as diverse as the challenges they face in creating jobs,” said Black.  “In some parts of the district, communities are struggling with unemployment rates as high as 12.2%, while others are much closer to the national average of 8.3%.  While Washington can help create an environment for job growth, there is no one-sized fits all solution—that’s why I am forming a Jobs Task Force in each of my counties to keep my finger on the pulse of each community’s economy.”

Membership in each task force varies, but most include local elected officials, Chamber of Commerce Presidents, as well as Economic Community Development Directors.  Each Task Force will represent the unique needs of each county—from rural areas focused on agriculture, to the suburban counties surrounding Nashville, with their manufacturing and service base. 

“This week I will be sitting down with leaders from Putnam, Wilson and Robertson Counties, and I look forward to hearing from each community on what they need to create jobs and grow business,” said Black.  “I have always said that the best ideas do not come from Washington bureaucrats or special interest groups but the people of Tennessee.  By launching my Jobs Task Force initiative, we can work to get people back to work and ensure our communities are strong and prosperous.”