News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

The month of August is a district work period for me and my colleagues, so this week I took full advantage of my time here in Minnesota by meeting with folks from all over the state. I am thankful to have the chance to listen to the people I serve and hear their opinions about the direction of our state and nation. 

I had the opportunity to visit the Minnesota Veterans Home to chat with residents and thank the staff for taking such great care of our nation’s heroes…

I toured Sherco in Becker to see firsthand energy production in our state…

I spoke on a panel about empowering women entrepreneurs at the Women 2 Women event…

And I attended National Night Out in Buffalo, an event that strengthens ties between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Finding Solutions to the Skills Gap Crisis

Since coming to Congress, I have toured many educational institutions to learn all about the incredible career and technical programs offered. Additionally, I have met with many business owners, school leaders, and representatives from different industries to learn about the devastating impact the skills gap is having on our economy and workforce. That’s why this week, I held an “Addressing the Skills Gap Summit” with educators, business owners and community leaders to discuss potential solutions to the skills gap crisis facing Minnesota, and the nation as a whole.

One of the biggest falsehoods that we as a society are telling the generation of tomorrow is that they must attend a four-year university if they expect to thrive and prosper. This well-intended but misinformed advice has actually had the opposite effect, leaving many critical jobs unfilled and numerous Americans without the career skills that they need in order to drive our economy forward. We held this summit to address these concerns, and cultivate a conversation with the stakeholders who are – and must be – most involved in finding solutions. After listening to the different conversations and suggestions put forth, I am optimistic that we are well on our way to fixing this problem so we can get our workforce and economy back on track.

Giving Our Farmers a Voice

On Thursday, I attended Minnesota Farmfest to participate in a listening session hosted by House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway. The purpose of this listening session was to hear firsthand the different perspectives and concerns of Minnesota’s farmers and agriculture industry in regards to the next farm bill.

Minnesota’s farmers work hard seven days a week, 365 days a year, so that our state, and nation remains fueled and well-fed. Without their work and dedication, we would not have a future, which is why it is imperative that my colleagues and I hear their input and give them a voice in Congress. I am proud to have had the opportunity to participate in this Farmfest listening session hosted by Chairman Conaway and see so many of our colleagues in the great state of Minnesota for this important conversation. I am now even more optimistic that the next farm bill is well on its way to reflecting our farmer’s needs so we can provide for them, as they provide for us.

Don’t Miss Out…

Fall is right around the corner, which means that my office is currently looking to hire interns for the fall semester. Our internships offer students in college a firsthand look into the inner workings of our nation’s Capital and the legislative branch. If you are interested – don’t wait - apply here today!

(Summer of 2017 interns)

Once again, thanks for staying up to date with the work I am doing for Minnesota’s Sixth District. Until next week…

Sincerely,

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