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Branstad, Reynolds and Harkin to co-host forum on “Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through Employment”

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, in conjunction with Sen. Tom Harkin, on Thursday announced that they will co-host a forum on “Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through Employment” on October 17, 2013.

“This forum will provide a great opportunity to bring together business leaders, individuals with disabilities and various stakeholders to share best practices and highlight individuals with disabilities who have excelled in the workforce or successfully started their own business,” said Gov. Branstad.

“This event will explore avenues to enable all Iowans an opportunity to contribute in the workplace and to help create jobs and grow family incomes throughout our state,” said Lt. Gov. Reynolds. “We look forward to learning from business leaders who have established best practices for training, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities as an important part of their strategy to improve their business’s bottom line.”

Branstad added: “Senator Harkin has been a long-time advocate for individuals with disabilities and we look forward to co-hosting this discussion on empowering individuals with disabilities through employment.”

“Individuals with disabilities throughout Iowa are an untapped resource,” said Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. “We should work together to ensure their abilities, skills, and knowledge are put to work for the betterment of all Iowans. I commend the Governor and Lt. Governor for bringing this conversation to our state.”

EVENT: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and Sen. Harkin host forum on “Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through Employment.”
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