September 7, 2011

Head of Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to Join Whitehouse at President’s Jobs Speech

Washington, DC – As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening to lay out a plan for job creation, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has been urging the President to include in his plan tax incentives for businesses to hire. He has also been listening to Rhode Island business leaders about their struggles during the economic recovery. Today, Whitehouse announced that one of those Rhode Island business leaders, Laurie White, President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, will be his guest at the President’s speech.

“Hearing from Rhode Island business leaders helps me to better advocate for policies that will help businesses grow,” said Whitehouse. “The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce plays an important role in promoting Rhode Island businesses, and I’m glad that Laurie will join me at the President’s speech to help bring attention to our need for strong legislation to create jobs.”

“What a tremendous honor it is for me to be invited by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to this very important joint session of Congress,” said White. “Economic development and job creation are the top priorities of the Chamber and its membership. I look forward to understanding the President’s proposed plan to create jobs that promote and sustain economic growth and the positive impact this could have on Rhode Island’s economy.”

Earlier this week, Whitehouse joined Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for a roundtable discussion about job creation, and called on President Obama to include tax incentives for job creation in his plan. In June, Whitehouse introduced the Job Creation Tax Credit Act, which would offer employers a refundable tax credit for hiring.

The President’s speech is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.



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