Visclosky to Host Job Fair, 'Balance the Budget' Event

Published Jan 28, 2013. In The Times of Northwest Indiana.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., announced two events that will be held in Northwest Indiana in March.

The Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 9 at the Indiana Hall of the Genesis Convention Center in Gary.

Featured participants will include the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and contractors who serve the RDA. Job-seekers visiting the Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair will have the opportunity to meet one on one with local businesses and other organizations seeking qualified individuals.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair are encouraged to contact Director of Projects and Planning Elizabeth Johnson at (219) 795-1844 to reserve space as soon as possible.

From 6 to 8 p.m. March 11, Visclosky will join representatives of the Concord Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to bipartisan fiscal solutions for a interactive event challenging constituents to balance the federal budget at the Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Radisson in Merrillville.

Constituents will work in teams using real Congressional Budget Office numbers and real proposals advanced by Members of Congress to construct a mock federal budget plan and work out solutions to the national debt. At the conclusion, Visclosky will host a brief question and answer session to hear how constituents viewed the event.

“Now more than ever, it’s vital that citizens get involved with federal budget issues,” said Phil Smith, National Political Director of the Concord Coalition. “There are no easy answers. There are no silver bullet solutions. This exercise will allow Indiana constituents to roll up their sleeves and work hand in hand with their Congressman so that he can hear directly from them.”

Constituents who wish to attend Congressman Visclosky’s “How Would YOU Balance the Budget” event must RSVP before March 8 by calling either the Merrillville office at (219) 795-1844 or the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2461.