Craw­ford pro­motes em­ploy­ers in state

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

U.S. Rep. Rick Craw­ford, whose district is in north­east Arkansas, held what he called a STEM and Man­u­fac­tur­ers Tour last week.

The five-day event kicked off Mon­day at Arkansas State University and wrapped up Fri­day with stops at Nu­cor in Blytheville and Big River Steel in Osceola.

Ed­u­ca­tors from the district trav­eled to 14 plants and fac­to­ries, learn­ing about the busi­nesses’ op­er­a­tions and work­force needs.

The Repub­li­can from Jones­boro was on hand for the tour’s first and fi­nal days.

“We have so many ex­cel­lent, dy­namic, and car­ing ed­u­ca­tors who want their kids to grow and suc­ceed here at home, and what we’re try­ing to do is con­nect those ed­u­ca­tors to fu­ture em­ploy­ers and con­tinue to build an ed­u­ca­tion-to-ca­reer ecosys­tem in ru­ral Arkansas,” Craw­ford said in a writ­ten state­ment.

In Wash­ing­ton, Craw­ford at­tended a meet­ing of the House Agri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee as well as a meet­ing of its sub­com­mit­tee on nutrition.

Craw­ford also met last week with Gre­gory Wood, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Moun­tain Home’s Hospice of the Ozarks; with 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Justin Minkel; and with Todd Martin, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Jones­boro-based In­de­pen­dent Pro­fes­sional Seed As­so­ci­a­tion.

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