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Hice: Opportunities available at upcoming job fair
Congressman Jody Hice talks with media Wednesday morning in a press conference hosted by The Covington News. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht

Opportunity matters. That’s why I’ve always been a strong advocate of driving job creation, cutting taxes, and reducing regulations that fuel opportunity for all Americans. With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the trajectory of the economy has changed for the better — creating more than one million jobs nationwide, bigger paychecks, increased investment, and historic Main Street optimism, all while enhancing the economic security of hardworking families across the country.  

The first steps toward expanding opportunity are exploring career options in a variety of industries, connecting local talent with national employers, and helping folks chart their own paths to success. Right now, many companies – large and small – across the region are having trouble finding enough people to fill their open positions. Think about that for a second. Everyone in America who wants to get a new job and improve their lives now has a better opportunity than ever before.

As a special guest, I’m pleased to announce that Georgia Piedmont Technical College and the economic development offices of Newton, Walton, Morgan, Jasper, and Greene counties will be bringing the 2018 Regional Job Fair to GPTC’s Newton Campus on October 5th as just one more effort to meet the needs of the 10th District. With more than 50 employers offering hundreds of jobs for all skill sets and levels and workshops on creating and strengthening job skills, this event will be a one-stop shop for career advancement. 

At the second annual jobs fair, industry partners from the fields of manufacturing, industrial fabrication, bio-life, pharmaceutical, film and entertainment, healthcare and social assistance, government agencies, and more will all be ready and eager to meet you. Among the more than 700 available jobs: logistics supervisors, forklift drivers, administrative professionals, industrial technicians, equipment operators, welders, plant managers, packaging associates, police officers, firefighters, and more. 

Strategic preparation is the key to any successful job search. With new sessions on resume writing, interviewing skills, dressing for success, soft skills, and goal setting available for attendees, this career expo will prepare you for future success. Given the surging job market, the lowest unemployment rate in years, and record optimism among small business owners, our rebounding economy needs workers such as those in the 10th District. 

If you don't like your job, there may be a better one down the street with better pay, better benefits, and even a better boss, and I encourage you to join us from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to explore your options. What’s even better? There is no fee or advance registration required to participate. 

For years, it seemed that low economic growth, stagnant wages, and shrinking opportunities were just the “new normal” that we would have to accept. This is patently and unequivocally false, and this job fair is just the tip of the iceberg to a better future. 

The House is on the cusp of passing Tax Reform 2.0, which will lock in permanent tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses, while changing the culture in Washington so we can continue to improve our tax code and never again let America fall behind our global competitors. Today, we have one of the most competitive tax codes and the best opportunities available on the planet — let’s keep it that way.

Jody Hice, a Republican from Greensboro, represents a portion of Newton County in Congress. Online: