Oxnard, CA— Today, Representative Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) met with the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County to discuss ways to strengthen our local economy and create Ventura County jobs.

“Supporting our local businesses and putting Ventura County back to work is a top priority,” said Congresswoman Brownley.  “Today’s meeting provided a great platform for us to share the challenges facing local employers and to collaborate on ways to ensure our community is a top-tier location for job creators. I look forward to future conversations with our local Workforce Investment Board as we work to ensure Ventura County students find Ventura County jobs.”

In March, the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board met with Brownley to express concerns about the SKILLS Act which threatened workforce training and education programs for veterans, as well as other underserved communities. Brownley voted against the SKILLS Act and instead, supported a measure to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act in a responsible way; helping workers find jobs, and helping businesses hire qualified personnel to grow and continue our economic recovery.

This substitute included Brownley’s amendment to encourage workforce development boards to partner with local military installations to determine the workforce needs for civilian jobs and develop strategies to create civilian employment opportunities.

Members of the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board attending today’s meeting were Executive Director Cheryl Moore, Chairman Alex River, Tony Kourounis, Brian Gabler, Kimberly Nilsson, Bill Pratt, and Sandra Werner.

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