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President Obama Visits North Carolina's Cree, Inc., and Meets with Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

June 13, 2011 - 12:06pm


Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from the White House Blog.

Today, President Obama will travel to Durham, NC to meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council at the corporate and U.S. manufacturing headquarters of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting.  The President will tour Cree’s manufacturing facilities, deliver remarks and meet with the Jobs Council to discuss initiatives and policies to spur economic growth, promote job creation and accelerate hiring across the nation. 

The President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council, led by GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, is a group of business leaders from around the country that was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on ways to strengthen the economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States.  

Since its creation three months ago, the Jobs Council has worked on recommendations to address short-term, medium-term and long-term economic growth and job creation with a focus on high-growth sectors, areas of concentrated unemployment, and immediate impact opportunities, including manufacturing, construction, clean energy, healthcare, and tourism.

The Jobs Council held their first meeting at the White House on February 24th, focusing on finding new ways to promote growth, encourage hiring, to educate and train our workers to compete globally, and attract the best jobs and businesses to the United States.

Today, the Jobs Council will present their ideas to the President.

You can watch the President’s meeting with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council live on at 11:40 AM EDT.

Jen Psaki is the White House Deputy Communications Director.