Lentz Visits Delaware County Community College for Twelfth Stop of Economic Tou

Springfield, PA –  Representative Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, visited Delaware County Community College for the twelfth stop of his 10-week, 25-stop economic tour on Wednesday. Lentz met with the college’s president and a representative of the school’s career center.

During the hour-long visit, Lentz and DCCC officials discussed the college’s efforts to partner with local companies to develop programs that trained workers in skills that they needed. Lentz also discussed the employment outlook for graduating students, in a range of fields.

DCCC offers a range of affordable certificate and degree programs in disciplines like education, health care, and the manufacturing trades. The college plays a key role in making sure the area has a skilled work force that makes the area an attractive place for local businesses and other companies that want to relocate to the District.

“A highly skilled work force is key to making sure businesses that provide good-paying jobs want to continue to operate in and relocate to the 7th District,” Lentz said. “The educational opportunities available through Delaware County Community College play an important part in providing those skills and we need to be making sure that we are listening to the school’s concerns.”

Lentz launched his 10-week, 25-stop economic listening tour at the end of July. Upcoming stops on the tour include a town hall forum on jobs and the economy in Brookhaven this Saturday, and a tour of projects associated with the revitalization of Lansdowne’s business district on Monday.

Lentz has already introduced a five-point proposal for generating job growth, including giving companies incentives to invest and expand, and providing educational opportunities to train employees in fields where demand is growing, like math and engineering. He said he would use the ten-week tour of businesses in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties to further fine tune his proposal to target the demands of local businesses and working families.

Lentz has made saving and creating jobs the cornerstone of his campaign for Congress. He is the only candidate with a published plan to get our economy moving again and the only candidate who supports Wall Street reform and the creation of a consumer financial protection agency to ensure another collapse does not happen.  Lentz has also pledged to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while his opponent Pat Meehan has signed a pledge that has bound him to oppose legislation that has been introduced to end those tax breaks.

A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.

August 25th, 2010 | Posted in Front Page Stories | No Comments