VIDEO RELEASE: At World Economic Forum, Governor Hogan Speaks on Infrastructure and Workforce Development
ANNAPOLIS, MD—At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today, Governor Larry Hogan took part in panels on infrastructure and workforce development, touting ways that the State of Maryland is a national and global model for innovation and economic growth.
Infrastructure. In a panel on “Rethinking Infrastructure for the Coming Decade,” Governor Hogan discussed Maryland’s role as a national leader in infrastructure:
“We are going to utilize this new infrastructure investment to really help expedite some of the projects we’ve already been planning and already have gotten all that input on from the various people from the private sector, from academia, from our communities to make sure that we’re spending those dollars wisely.”
Workforce Development. In a panel on “Responding to the Great Resignation,” Governor Hogan discussed Maryland’s innovative job training and workforce development programs:
“We’ve been focused on this issue for the eight years that I’ve been governor of Maryland and it’s really about upskilling and reskilling workers and trying to train them for the jobs of the future and allow them to earn higher income. … We don’t want to train workers for the jobs that there’s no market for. We want to train them for these very specific skills that all of you in the private sector need. … Trying to provide for the jobs of the future, the government does have a really big role to play in partnership with the private sector.”
Global Gateway Initiative. On Tuesday, Governor Hogan announced a $2 million investment in the state’s innovative Global Gateway Initiative. Managed by the Maryland Department of Commerce, this first-in-the-nation program helps attract international businesses and ease their transition into the U.S. market by connecting them with local incubators and accelerators.