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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Praised for Service to South Bay

November 12, 2009
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) was honored by the South Bay Workforce Investment Consortium for her "outstanding commitment and contribution to the South Bay community". Congresswoman Waters received the prestigious Esther Williams Award from SBWIC, the nonprofit arm of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) at its annual awards breakfast today.

"I appreciate this recognition and will continue to work with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and the entire South Bay community", said Congresswoman Waters.

Congresswoman Waters spoke highly of the job training and job placement programs that SBWIB provides under the leadership of Executive Director Jan Vogel. She also cited the staff, the board, local elected officials, committed area employers and other supporters and thanked them all for their ongoing efforts to support workforce development programs in the South Bay.

Today's event also recognized the outstanding graduates from SBWIB job and vocational training programs, as well as alumni of these programs who are now employed and contributing to economic activity in the South Bay.

Congresswoman Waters noted that the economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year has helped save and create jobs in the South Bay and provided important funding for SBWIB for employment and training services in fields including clean energy or "green" jobs.

Acknowledging high levels of unemployment currently, Congresswoman Waters said, "Certainly right now many families and businesses in California are facing real challenges as we continue to emerge from a severe recession and continue on the path to economic recovery. Too many people, especially young people, are still out of work, and we must all do whatever we can to foster economic development and support job creation. I am confident that the collaboration of government, businesses, community organizations and others responsible for SBWIB's success will continue to sustain essential workforce initiatives in the South Bay."