Press Release


For Immediate Release
August 2, 1999

Contact: Jubi Headley
Office: (202) 861-6707
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PRESS ADVISORY

Webb, Delegation of Mayors to Join President, CEOs in National Welfare-to-Work Conference

In the midst of congressional debate on the future of programs aimed at investing in working families, Conference of Mayors President Wellington Webb of Denver will join President Clinton and scores of corporate executives to highlight the success of one of the cornerstones of this investment—the Welfare-to-Work Partnership. Mayor Webb will make remarks following President Clinton’s address.

What: The Welfare-to-Work Partnership—a conference bringing together key National leaders on welfare-to-work issues

Where: The Navy Pier—Chicago, Illinois

When: August 3, 1999, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Mayors:

Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago
Past President

Mayor Paul Helmke of Fort Wayne
Past President

Mayor Marc Morial of New Orleans
Chair, Advisory Board

Mayor Beverly O’Neill of Long Beach
Chair, Standing Committee on Jobs, Education and the Workforce

Background:

Welfare-To-Work Reauthorization—A Smart Solution For Business

Finding workers to sustain the growth of American businesses is becoming one of the most crucial concerns of businesses across the country. A growing number of companies cite attracting, training and retaining as top challenge to the growth and survival of their business. At the same time, while businesses are facing a critical shortage of workers, nearly 4 million people are exiting the welfare system and looking for gainful employment.

Welfare-To-Work (WTW) is the venture capital program that provides public funds to move this large pool of available workers into jobs, and supports the job retention, stability and skills enhancement functions which are critical for businesses to stay competitive.

Through Welfare-To-Work WtW), local service providers are forming partnerships with business to meet their human resource needs. WtW funds:

  • job creation, job placement testing, screening and matching of job seekers to job openings;
  • Pre-employment preparation in "soft skills" that are critical to success on the job and training targeted to firm or industry;
  • job retention efforts such as wage subsidies; and
  • critical post-employment support services such as transportation, counseling, on the job training, and child care.

Over 10,000 businesses have benefited from Welfare-To-Work funding. Businesses that have hired former welfare recipients are experiencing higher retention, lower turnover, and have reaped the tangible benefits of hiring workers that are trainable and ready to work. Qualified service providers make the task easier for business.

Welfare-To-Work is a smart solution for business and a good investment by Congress. Congress has provided seed money to fund these public/private partnerships over the past two years ($3 billion for FY 98 and FY 99) and we are beginning to meet the needs of American business.

But the job is not complete. Congress now has the opportunity to continue this investment in the success of our economy by funding Welfare-To-Work at the President’s request of $1 billion for FY 2000. Now, when tangible results are being seen, is the time to cement our commitment to investment in working families.

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