“Though our economy is currently strong, there are still far too many jobs going unfilled and many communities struggling. We need to continue to expand our workforce training programs to help close the skills gap and expand economic development to grow our local economies.”
For the past three state budgets, Brendan has secured funding for the E-Team Machinist program that has trained workers and connected them to good paying jobs. Despite the success of the program, finding funding for the program is a challenge every year. Brendan is proud to make the case for the E-Team and other job training programs that have paved the path to careers for so many.
Brendan is proud to serve on the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. As a member he worked with his colleagues to pass an economic development bill that included funding for the Workforce Skills Capital Grants program. Since that time, Lynn Vocational and Technical Institute has been awarded over $700,000 to upgrade its machinist program and provide capital improvements for a new HVAC program.
Recognizing the huge footprint that GE has in Lynn and the lack of manufacturing and light industrial space in the City, Brendan spearheaded the efforts to convince the company to open up excess land for other purposes. Though still in its early phases, there are buildings and land that could provide the space needed for new businesses and new jobs.