House committee to consider workforce

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

JUNEAU - A House committee is seeking ideas for ways to stimulate an Alaska economy driven largely by the oil industry.

The Economic Development Trade and Tourism Committee will kick off those discussions Tuesday evening against the backdrop of a global economic downturn.

The hearing will include representatives from the Ketchikan shipyard, Alaska Ship and Dry Dock, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.

The board provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs.

Committee chairman Jay Ramras, a Fairbanks Republican, says the state needs to find new ways to create jobs, support public and private enterprise and build state and local revenues.

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