Kilmer honored for his work on economic development

Kilmer honored for his work on economic development

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was recognized for his work as a Congressional workforce development policy leader and received the 2022 Sentinel Award from the American Society of Association Executives.

This membership organization has more than 44,000 association leaders and industry partners representing 5,700 organizations.

ASAE recognized Kilmer for his efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy during the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic – and for his leadership in workforce development initiatives to help Americans recover. – and stay – on your feet.

“Congressman Kilmer actively promotes innovative and much-needed legislation to improve access to career development, such as the myriad of professional credentials provided by associations, and to help American workers, professions and industries navigate the pandemic recovery,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason.

Kilmer said the issue was important to him.

“I was in high school when the lumber industry hit the nail on the head, and I saw the impact it had on families in our community. This is what inspired me to work professionally in economic development before coming to Congress. And that’s why my mission as a representative is to create more economic opportunity for more people in more places. We need to have an economy that works better for people – no matter what postcode they live in,” Kilmer said, adding: “That’s why I’ve been so focused on bipartisan legislation to make sure we let’s give our students and workers a better geared towards success.

In 2021, Kilmer reintroduced two bicameral bills to help workers access job training, apprenticeship and professional development programs. The Skills Investment Act would expand Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) — tax-advantaged savings accounts for education expenses — so American workers can use the accounts to pay for job training , learning and professional development.

The Skills Renewal Act would create a flexible skills training credit of up to $4,000 per person for workers who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. This would cover the cost of a wide range of training programs that build skills that are expected to be in high demand by employers in the months ahead.