Edward Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers, will travel to Elkhart, Ind., today (April 2) to meet with local business and community leaders about the economic situation in the South Bend-Elkhart area.
Montgomery served as the U.S. Labor Department’s chief economist from 1997 to 1999.
During similar visits to other U.S. communities hard hit by the recession, as Elkhart County has, Montgomery has said he will focus on ways the federal government and its partners in local government can cut through red tape to move resources quickly and efficiently to the communities hardest hit by the economic crisis and job loss in the auto industry.
Today’s meeting will be held at the offices of the greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce in downtown Elkhart. Montgomery and others will take part in a panel discussion, which will be closed to the public and media. A press conference will be held in conjunction with the visit.
Kyle Hannon, vice president of public policy for the Elkhart chamber, told RVBUSINESS.com that participants in the panel discussion will include representatives of Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc., a Goshen, Ind.-based highway contractor that received work from the federal stimulus money.
Representatives of Th!nk, the electric vehicle firm that has moved vehicle production to a former RV plant in Elkhart, also will be on hand, as will representatives of the offices of U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly and Sen. Evan Bayh, both Hoosier Democrats.