Box 15, Folder 13, Document 78

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Box 15, Folder 13, Document 78

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MAYOR IVAN ALLEN, JR.
REMARKS OF GREE TINGS
EASTERN REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE
NATIONAL URBAN COALITION
ATLANTA-AMERICAN MOTOR HOT¢
DECEMBER 13, 1967
9:30 A. M."--
THANK YOU, MR. SULLIVAN.
MR. PHILLIPPE, MR. FLYNN, MR. STERNE, DR. REDDICK,
DISTINGUISHED OUT OF TOWN GUESTS AND FELLOW ATLANTANS.
'
IT PLEASES ME TO SEE SO MANY OF OUR NATIONAL AND LOCAL
BUSINESS LEADERS GATHER HERE TODAY TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES
FOR AMERICAN FREE-ENTERPRISE TO USE ITS VAST POTENTIAL AS A
MAJOR FACTOR IN SOLVING ONE OF OUR COUNTRY'S BIGGEST PROBLEMS.
THIS IS THE PR OB LEM OF UNEMPLOYMENT.
IT IS THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO NEED JOBS AND OF JOBS
WHO NEED PEOPLE.
OUR TASK IS TO FIND OUT HOW TO MEET BOTH NEEDS , TO DEVELOP
A HEALTHY ECONOMY WHICH PROVIDES A VARIETY OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES
FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED WORK AND TO PROVIDE WORKERS WITH SKILLS
NECESSARY TO FILL THE VACANCIES WHICH GO UNFILLED FOR LACK OF
QUALIFIED LABOR .
�PAGE TWO
IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT GOVERNMENT AT THE LOCAL AND
NATIONAL LEVELS AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ARE COOPERATING TO
FIND A SOLUTION TO THESE PROBLEMS.
IT IS FITTING, I THINK, MR. PHILLIPPE, THAT YOUR TASK FORCE
ON PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT CHOSE ATLANTA AS ONE OF YOUR REGIONAL
CONFERENCE SITES.
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PARTNERSHIP OF BUSINESS AND
GOVERNMENT THAT HAS PROVIDED THE STIMULATION AND RESOURCES
WHICH HA VE ADVANCED OUR COMMUNITY IN ALL AREAS.
THIS WAS TRUE OF URBAN RENEWAL, WHICH WAS THE CATALYST
THAT LAUNCHED THE GREAT DOWNTOWN BUSINESS EXPANSION STILL
GOING ON TODAY.
EIGHTY PERCENT OF ATLANTA 1S NEAR DOWNTOW N
SLUMS HAVE BEE N ELIMINATED AND ACTIVE PROGRAMS ARE UNDERWAY
IN SOME TEN AREAS TO WIPE OUT THE REMAINDER.
THE FORWARD ATLANTA PROGRAM PRODUCED
IN
- - - - NEW
JOBS
- - -- - YEARS.
AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS COURAGEOUSLY SUPPORTED
THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM, JOB TRAINING A N D JOB
�PAGE THREE
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE DISADVANTAGED AND I AM SURE WE CAN
EXPECT IT TO CONTINUE TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO MAKE
LIFE BETTER FOR ALL CITIZENS.
WHILE WE PROUDLY BOAST OF WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED,
WE READILY RECOGNIZE MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW AND
IN THE FUTURE.
THIS CONFERENCE SHOULD HELP US TO MORE CLEARLY
EVALUATE OUR SHORTCOMINGS IN THE AREA OF UNEMPLOYMENT,
AND,I HOPE , TO DEVISE METHODS FOR OVERCOMING THEM.
WE WELCOME YOU TO ATLANTA AND TO THE CONFERENCE .
HOPE YOU CAN ALL REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
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