CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Advisor to the President and First Daughter Ivanka Trump made a stop in the Queen City Tuesday.
Trump toured the Charlotte Siemens Energy Hub, announcing on Twitter the company pledges to create 75,000 new training and enhanced career opportunities through the Pledge to America's Workers.
"We've chosen to be involved in workforce development,” said Barbara Humpton, CEO Siemens USA. “This is a hugely bipartisan issue, and anything we can be doing to bring workers off the sidelines into the workforce is well worth that investment."
The company provides nearly 1,600 jobs to the Charlotte region, including apprenticeship opportunities.
"I feel like this is extremely important to my future,” said Logan Horton, who participated in the apprenticeship program. “It's going to be the foundation of my career."
Charlotte also played host to the second American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting.
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, CEOs from notable companies, state governors, and more for the meeting.
Lyles was selected to be a member of the board and joined President Trump and Ivanka at the White House in March for the inaugural meeting. She is the only city mayor on the board.
"So what I look for is the opportunity for us to get best practices and support for our workers to get broadband and 5G connections with our rural communities so that everybody can have a job,” Lyles said.
The boards goals include developing a campaign to promote multiple pathways to career success, gaining data transparency to better match American workers with American jobs, modernizing candidate recruitment and training practices, and measuring and encouraging employer-led training investments.
"We have to have families that can have a place to live, have a job that they value, and have the ability to get to and from work,” Lyles said.