ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went to Washington to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, business experts and labor leaders. The topic? The trend of companies choosing to bring back jobs and make new economic investments in the U.S.
Mayor Reed, who was the only mayor at the meeting, said the president is focused on putting more Americans back to work through public-private partnerships among business and labor leaders and elected officials.
During the roundtable discussion, Obama talked with business leaders and elected officials about how to make America more attractive for businesses trying to decide where to locate their operations, and how to speed up the economic development and job creation at home.
Mayor Reed already has a job initiative in place in Atlanta called the “Hire One” campaign. Reed encouraged local businesses to hire one person in 2011 and help reduce the unemployment rate. Over 10 thousand people were hired through the “Hire One” campaign. The current jobless rate in Atlanta stands at 9.1 percent.