Kaptur Heralds White House Announcement of Toledo Acceptance into National TechHire Initiative

December 1, 2016
Press Release


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December 1, 2016                                                                           

Contact: Nicole Dailey Jones, (800) 964-4699 & (202) 225-5411 or Marcy.KapturPress@mail.house.gov


Kaptur Heralds White House Announcement of Toledo Acceptance into National TechHire Initiative


Washington, DC- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined the U.S. Chief Technology Officer to announce that Toledo will be designated as a “TechHire Community” under the White House’s TechHire Initiative.  The designation will enhance the greater Toledo region’s connections and investments in technology training and education to the workforce and will help to prepare the workforce of the future for high demand jobs. The TechHire Initiative is a forward-thinking national project focused on expanding local technology sectors by investing in technology training and education.

Tech Toledo is one of 19 communities announced today that will join a national network of 70 TechHire Communities in receiving support to spearhead efforts to help overlooked and underrepresented Americans start technology careers and access well-paying tech jobs.

“As the birthplace of innovations which have transformed industries such as photovoltaic energy, food processing, glass, and automotive manufacturing, Toledo is a prime location for such a focus on workforce development and technology advancement,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Designation of Toledo as a TechHire Community will better position the region to attract new businesses in innovative manufacturing and information technology, which translates to good paying jobs for our community.”

Keith Instone, a co-founder of Tech Toledo, said: “We applied to join the national TechHire network to get access to the best practices and resources other TechHire communities have developed. Our application process took advantage of existing grassroots efforts by companies, training providers, and community organizations. We look forward to helping fill Toledo’s IT talent pipeline.”

For more information on the Tech Toledo initiative, please visit: https://www.techhiretoledo.com/.  Information on the White House’s TechHire initiative may be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire.