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The first meeting: Green jobs as a pathway to "A Strong Middle Class"
Update: The AP has a preview of Friday’s Event:
ADVISORY: Vice President Biden to Lead First Middle Class Task Force Meeting in Philadelphia
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release February 25, 2009
Task Force Will Focus on Green Jobs as a Pathway to a Strong Middle Class
Washington, DC – The Middle Class Task Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, will hold its first official meeting on FRIDAY February 27th at 12:30 PM EDT at the William B. Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. The focus of this meeting is on green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class.
The Task Force will hear presentations from experts on the potential to create green jobs as a part of economic recovery and on how to connect people to training and opportunities in the green economy. The task force will then hold an interactive discussion with questions and answers on the information presented.
Panel One: Green Jobs: What Are They And How Can They Help The Middle Class?
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress
Van Jones, President and founder of Green for All
Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund
Second Panel: Creating Green Opportunity: The Roles of Stakeholders
Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Leo Gerard, International President of the Steelworkers of America
Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter
Cecilia Estolano, Chief Executive Officer, Community Redevelopment Authority, City of Los Angeles
Mark Edlen, Co-founder and Managing Principal, Gerding-Edlen Development"
This event is OPEN to the press. Press wishing to attend must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 Noon on Thursday February 26th. Wireless Internet will be provided.
About the Middle Class Task Force: The Middle Class Task Force is working with a wide array of federal agencies that have responsibility for key issues facing the middle class and expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families. One of the things that makes this task force distinctive is it brings together - in one place - those agencies that have the most impact on the well-being of the middle class in our country.
The Task Force will continue to operate with complete transparency. All materials distributed at Friday’s meeting in Philadelphia, along with transcripts and video posts will be up on our public website, www.AStrongMiddleClass.gov.