ICYMI: Boozman Examines New Workforce Development Tools to Grow Arkansas Skilled Labor, Attract Medical Equipment Companies to NWA

Senator Boozman watched a demonstration at the Robotics Training Lab in Fayetteville

WASHINGTON–An initiative by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce aims to create a role for Arkansans in producing American-made medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) applauded community leaders’ work to strengthen the supply of front-line medical equipment while simultaneously promoting a skilled regional workforce during a visit with chamber officials on Friday.

“The demand for medical supplies and equipment during the pandemic exposed a gap in our nation’s preparedness for health emergencies. Encouraging investment in Northwest Arkansas to tackle this issue will allow us to produce American made medical supplies right here, creating jobs and spurring innovation,” Boozman said. “Partnering to enhance workforce development prepares Arkansans for highly-skilled jobs while signaling to employers that our region has the capability to meet their advanced and evolving needs.”

Boozman learned about the Heartland Advanced Medical Manufacturing Regional Cluster (HAMMRC) project assisting communities along the Highway 62 corridor with economic development related to medical manufacturing, in addition to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Robotics Training Lab that is creating new and innovative opportunities to train workers in modern manufacturing proficiencies as companies transition to new equipment and more technically advanced jobs.

“My deepest thanks to Senator Boozman for his visit today and for continuing to be the leader he was when we first elected him. He is a leader who listens, gets things done and looks to the future,” said Steve Clark, President and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Last year Boozman visited AmericaN95, a Mountain Home-based company launched to provide quality, American-made PPE. He has continuously championed and promoted Arkansas programs like Be Pro, Be Proud that prepare candidates for highly-skilled, well-paying jobs.

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