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Black seeks unemployment solutions
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Congressman Diane Black met with, from left, Greg Driver, David McDowell, Mike Weaver, Black, Suzanne Williams, Mike Foster and Mason Carter last week at the new county office complex. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
Congressman Diane Black visited DeKalb County last week, touring local manufacturers and the new county office complex and speaking with county officials before sitting down with the Review to discuss her findings on her recent tour of the area.Black, a small business owner, former educator, and nurse for more than 40 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.Black was elected by her fellow freshmen members of Congress to serve as the freshman class representative to the Republican Policy Committee, was chosen as one of only two freshmen to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is also a member of the House Budget Committee.The Congressman said that her visit was part of a fact-finding mission of sorts, with her intention being to gather information on problems businesses in the area face."I have been out for more than a year now visiting businesses in my district, and I wanted to see if what I hear from our elected officials matches what I hear from businesses," Black told the Review "It is matching exactly.”"I want to take this information back to Washington with me so we can set policies that will allow our businesses to have some certainty, and to start to grow," said Black. "One of the best ways we have to create jobs is to grow these businesses and to help them expand.”Black said the "One More Job" initiative will spark growth in local business and stir local economies."Jobs are number one on everyone's mind," she said. "With the unemployment rate above eight percent, and it has been now for almost 40 months, jobs, jobs, jobs, are the number-one issue."This initiative is called ‘One More Job,’” Black shared.