(NASHVILLE) — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) welcomed a report by the Brookings Institution released at the Governor’s Economic Development Conference in Nashville today. The report, part of Brookings’ Advanced Industries Series, recognizes LEAP — the Labor Education Alignment Program, sponsored by Norris and enacted into law this year, as the type of recent advance needed to meet the demands of employers’ rising skill requirements.
“This ‘upskilling’ is creating new challenges for the state’s workforce training system which…has yet to debut a cohesive, statewide workforce development system capable of meeting the changing needs of (Advance Industries) now and in the years ahead,” according to Brookings’ Executive Summary released early Friday.
“LEAP provides the pathways we need to enable Tennesseans to work, earn and learn,” said Norris. “Brookings confirms this and suggests strategies to implement action between the public and private sectors designed to maintain competitiveness and move Tennessee forward.”
“As an author and prime sponsor of the LEAP legislation, I spent considerable time observing and researching much of what the report has now documented,” said Norris. “Gov. Haslam appointed me to the Workforce Development Board in July. I appreciate the strategies and actions recommended, particularly those relating to development of the AI (Advance Industries) workforce pipeline by industry, state and federal sectors. I hope to encourage the Board to support such strategies, and I am confident the Administration will be able to work with the General Assembly to support some of the key strategies recommended.”