Thomas Bryer, assistant professor of public administration, responded to a call from the Obama administration for community leaders to convene job forums throughout the country. The objective of the forums is to obtain citizen input on how to reduce the nation’s high unemployment rate.
Among those attending the UCF forum were representatives from state government, job placement organizations, nonprofit organizations, education, a green technology company and a business consulting firm.
At the meeting, Bryer posed a series of discussion questions provided by the White House. The participants responded with their thoughts on creating jobs and economic recovery, including the following:
In addition, some attendees proposed holding other local forums, such as one specifically for small-business owners, to gather additional input.
Bryer will summarize ideas from the UCF forum and possible spin-off forums in a report he will submit to the White House in the coming weeks.
“I think it was a good conversation that clearly demonstrated the complexity of the issue and allowed some thoughtful leaders from the community to consider the future,” Bryer said.