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President Obama Calls on Local Gov’t Support for TechHire Initiative

workforcePresident Barack Obama has unveiled the administration’s TechHire initiative to bring the U.S. workforce at pace with the needs of the global economy by training them in technology fields and helping them fill technology job openings.

Obama’s remarks during the recent National League of Cities conference in Washington, published Monday on the White House website, points to the role of local governments in supporting the efforts of TechHire to bolster the U.S. technology workforce.

The president called on officials and employers to foster new training models such as boot camps and online courses and link them with available jobs opportunities to reach underrepresented community members.

He also highlighted the partnership with the private sector in providing job-matching tools by pinpointing the skills needed at potential employers and training workers in those skills.

The initiative also includes a $100 million competition that seeks ideas from the public on training and employment approaches for the underrepresented in the technology workforce, Obama said.

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