Rep. Johnson touts Recovery Act, holds third job fair

July 10, 2010
Press Release

CONYERS, GA – More than 300 Fourth District residents attended Rep. Hank Johnson’s (GA-04) and Rockdale County’s job fair in Conyers on July 9 at the Rockdale County Career Academy.

job_fair_web.jpgLocal agencies and businesses – including the DeKalb County Police Department, Wal-Mart, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Work Ready – were on hand with jobs and assistance for residents seeking employment opportunities.

“I know times are still tough,” said Johnson. “That’s why it’s important that I held my third job fair in 14 months – because my staff and I will not rest until everyone who needs a job has one.”

Representatives from Goodwill Industries, the Veterans Administration, Georgia State University and Georgia Department of Labor were also on hand to provide assistance to job seekers.

RECOVERY ACT ‘CREATING JOBS IN THE FOURTH DISTRICT’

recovery_act_map.jpgOn July 7, Rep. Johnson toured project sites in the Fourth District funded by the Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Johnson visited a road construction project and inspected a home recently weatherized thanks to funding from the ARRA, commonly known as the “stimulus package.”

The $16 million road and bridge construction project at the intersection of Lithonia Industrial Boulevard and South Stone Mountain Lithonia Road has created 67 jobs.

To view our interactive map of Recovery Act projects in the Fourth District, click here.

“I’m pleased this $16 million project – funded fully by the Recovery Act – is putting people back to work,” said Johnson. “And my job is to make sure funds keep flowing to this district to help grow our local economy and create jobs.”

linda_hank_web.jpgAt the Stone Mountain home of Linda Felix and Fred Reams – who had their home weatherized under the ARRA – Rep. Johnson met with members of the Partnership for Community Action, Environment Georgia, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and weatherization experts to see how weatherization and energy audits are conducted.

Felix said the weatherization has cut her power bills by half.

“It’s through weatherization efforts like this that we can put people back to work, save residents money on their energy bills, cut our reliance on fossil fuels and help end our dependence on foreign oil,” said Johnson.

“This kind of holistic approach has us headed in the right direction.”

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