Foster named to job development board

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State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Talent Investment Board by House Speaker Jase Bolger for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

The 47-member board advises and assists Gov. Rick Snyder with oversight and recommendations regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development in the state.

“Job creation in Michigan is only half the challenge for continuing our state’s economic revival, we also must prepare people for those jobs and get them networked with the employers,” said Foster, chair of the House Commerce Committee. “We have heard in committee and other reports that good jobs are there and are going unfilled because workers don’t have the education or training necessary yet.

“That is something I believe we can help facilitate, and serving on the governor’s board with others who have a cross-section of knowledge and experience can help direct those efforts.”

The talent board brings citizens and business leaders together for engagement and oversight to the state’s talent enhancement and economic development efforts.

The board then recommends policies to the governor and state departments to help guide workforce investment and training at both the state and local levels.