Phil Bryant on Jobs
Apprenticeship program boosts economy
Our success in growing the economy is demanding that our focus on workforce be sharpened like never before. Workforce development must be and has now become our highest priority. Our plan utilizes every community college as a
Workforce Center of Excellence. Apprenticeship programs couple students with private companies to help them launch careers in targeted industries in their communities. These young workers have more opportunity than ever before now.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Mississippi legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Mississippi Model: Cutting red tape increases jobs
Working together, we have also made it easier for our entrepreneurs to pursue the American dream, ridding our occupational licensing system of red tape that for too long had served as nothing more than a barrier to market entry.
Other states are just now moving to adopt our plan to reduce regulatory burdens on professional services. It has become known across the United States simply as the "Mississippi Model."
Source: 2018 Mississippi State of the State address
, Jan 9, 2018
$50M for Keep Mississippi Working Fund & workforce training
We realize that finding a job can and has changed lives for the better, so we must do all in our power to put people to work. Tonight, I am announcing the Keep Mississippi Working Fund--a program that will move nearly $50 million over the next two years
without putting a demand on the General Fund.
Due to reduced demand on Mississippi's Unemployment Trust Fund, $50 million will instead be allocated for workforce training in high-demand industries. The Keep Mississippi Working Fund will not increase
The governor also called on the Legislature to fund a $3 million scholarship program for high school students in career tech programs to pursue skills certifications and academic degrees at Mississippi's community and junior colleges: "I
believe with these two programs, we can focus on creating a world-class workforce. With that accomplished, our economic progress can be unlimited," Gov. Bryant said of the workforce development initiative and scholarship program.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Mississippi Legislature
, Jan 21, 2015
My first job: every Mississippian who wants a job has one
In 2012, you helped produce one of the most business-friendly legislative sessions in modern history, and I thank you. Therefore, I am proud to stand here, able to report that the state of our state is strong.
Last January, I told you that my first job
was to make sure every Mississippian who wants a job has one. We have made great improvements, and with the help of the Mississippi Development Authority, we grew our existing businesses and brought new world-class companies to our state.
In 2012, Mississippi's economic development efforts resulted in the announcement of nearly 2,700 new jobs. This success represents a private sector investment of more than a half-billion dollars. [This was accomplished by state agencies] making contact
with site-selectors, beginning the competitive recruitment process, putting a deal together, and landing a business win. Tonight, I call on you to make sure the world knows Mississippi will not take a back seat to anyone when it comes to attracting jobs.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Mississippi Legislature
, Jan 22, 2013
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