Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to build a base of skilled workers in order to attract high wage, manufacturing jobs to the state. Raimondo spent the weekend in Washington D.C., at the National Governor’s Association winter meeting. The governor said, as a member of the Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, she got first-hand confirmation of the areas Rhode Island must focus on to attract manufacturing companies to the state.
Raimondo also said she talked with executives of companies looking to open operations in the United States. “I certainly feel that Rhode Island is well poised to attract some of those advanced manufacturing jobs, but candidly, we have a lot of work to do in order to hit that potential.”
The governor said she’s in talks with federal officials about developing and supporting training programs for Rhode Island workers, to move them into the high-skill, high wage jobs of the future.
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