Obama consults with GE, AMEX execs on job creation

AP News
Posted: Aug 24, 2011 12:33 PM
Obama consults with GE, AMEX execs on job creation

President Barack Obama is soliciting advice from the co-chairmen of his jobs council on employment boosting initiatives in advance of a major economics address he intends to deliver after Labor Day.

The discussions Wednesday morning with General Electric CEO and chairman Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO and chairman Kenneth Chenault focused on increasing engineering graduates and adding construction jobs by making buildings more energy efficient. That from White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Earnest said the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will hold meetings Aug. 31 in Portland , Ore., to discuss efforts to add engineers to the workforce. Another meeting Sept. 1 in Dallas will focus on spending on infrastructure projects.

Earnest said Obama intends to propose measures that could win support of Republicans and Democrats alike.