4th District Congressman Jim Himes, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, has delivered the Weekly Democratic Address, highlighting the fight to expand economic opportunities.
He started off by saying that in his district of southwestern Connecticut, the sharp economic challenge can't be missed. But he noted that companies like Pitney Bowes, Datto, and Indeed.com, which didn't even exist fifteen years ago, are thriving there.
Himes acknowledged that change happens today faster than ever, but without planning and support, too many people get left behind. He called on businesses to offer apprenticeship programs to teach valuable skills. He believes investment in lifelong learning, training and education will mean every worker, young or old, can be vital and relevant to the industries of tomorrow.
In his address, Himes said this country knows from experience that investments in education and training, in transportation, communication and power will pay for themselves many times over. He called for bipartisan improvements in these areas.