Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell will visit the White House on Wednesday, June 13, and join Vice President Kamala Harris at a summit to celebrate the ways local leaders have used American Rescue Plan funds. to benefit the workforce of their communities.
The half-day summit in Washington DC will focus on how local governments across the country, including Los Angeles County, have spent the millions of dollars they received from ARP. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will comment alongside Harris, according to a Tuesday statement from the White House.
During the summit, Mitchell, who represents the Second District and is chairman of the Board of Supervisors, will promote two Los Angeles County workforce initiatives, including one that aims to create high-quality jobs in technology, construction, manufacturing, transportation and storage for communities. historically excluded from them. The other is a fund to support those in job training programs.
Mitchell’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law in 2021, with the intention of easing some of the economic burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and launching the country into a period of recovery.
The law included more than $1 billion to create a national COVID-19 vaccine program, mitigate the spread of the virus and reopen public schools.
But it also hosted several economic stimulus programs, such as the extension of unemployment benefits and the delivery of checks for $1,400 to working families.
More related to Wednesday’s summit, however, is the $40 million provided to local governments to implement and support workforce expansion programs.
The $10 million Los Angeles County received went to its High Road Training Partnerships and Worker Equity Fund programs, which the county created in 2018.
The county launched HRTP as a demonstration project to model community and industry partnerships, according to its website.
The Worker Equity Fund provides support services and financial assistance to those who participate in the county’s workforce training programs to ensure that they are able to participate without undue hindrance.
The HRTP program’s top priorities focus on creating equal employment opportunities for historically marginalized people, including Black people, by engaging quality job producers and helping them mitigate their contribution to climate change.
“The approach elevates workers most affected by discrimination, economic exclusion, and exploitation,” the website said, noting that the partners “are committed to creating jobs that provide wages, benefits, physical safety, stable hours, and career paths.” professionals that result in economic mobility.”
HRTP partners also work with communities to adapt and create new job opportunities that are more aligned with carbon neutrality.
Mitchell, at Wednesday’s summit, will discuss how programs have fared to this point, specifically in high-demand industries such as construction, manufacturing, transportation and technology, the White House said.
The summit will also include sessions with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, as well as panels with mayors, county officials, and labor and community leaders from across the country on their federal workforce programs. American Rescue Plan.