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Visclosky to Host Job Fair, "Balance the Budget" Event

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Visclosky announced two events that will be held in Indiana's First Congressional District in March, 2013:

Visclosky Job Fair

The Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Indiana Hall of the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. Featured participants will include the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and contractors who serve the RDA. Job-seekers visiting the Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local businesses and other organizations seeking qualified individuals.

"I am very excited to host the Jobs and Opportunity Fair," Congressman Visclosky said. "This is an excellent opportunity to help the people of Northwest Indiana find new job opportunities and strengthen their resumes. I encourage all those seeking new employment, better employment, or a stronger resume to attend the Jobs and Opportunity Fair."

The Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity fair will be held on Saturday, March 9th in the Indiana Hall of the Genesis Convention Center. A full list of participating organizations will be available in February. Space is limited, so employers interested in participating in the Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair are encouraged to contact Director of Projects and Planning Elizabeth Johnson at (219) 795-1844 to reserve their space as soon as possible.

Visclosky Jobs and Opportunity Fair

Saturday, March 9

1:00 PM -- 4:00 PM (all times CST)

Indiana Hall, Genesis Convention Center

Gary, IN

Visclosky "How Would YOU Balance the Budget?" Event

Two days later, on Monday, March 11, 2013, Congressman Visclosky will join representatives of the Concord Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to bipartisan fiscal solutions for a unique, interactive event challenging constituents to balance the federal budget at the Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Radisson in Merrillville.

During the interactive event, constituents will work in teams of five to seven using real Congressional Budget Office numbers and real proposals advanced by Members of Congress to construct a mock federal budget plan and work out solutions to the national debt. At the conclusion of the program, Congressman Visclosky will host a brief question and answer session to hear how constituents viewed the event.

"Now more than ever, it's vital that citizens get involved with federal budget issues," said Phil Smith, National Political Director of the Concord Coalition. "There are no easy answers. There are no silver bullet solutions. This exercise will allow Indiana constituents to roll up their sleeves and work hand in hand with their Congressman so that he can hear directly from them."

"Our country needs a strategic plan for our long-term fiscal challenges. This exercise gives citizens a chance to assemble their own plan, to prioritize and make their own recommendations directly to Congressman Visclosky," Smith added.

"The timing for this event was just right," Congressman Visclosky said. "The vote on the fiscal legislation at the start of the year left so many of our deepest tax and spending issues unresolved. The next generation of Northwest Indiana families deserves better than a Congress that uses short-term fiscal band-aids to patch over the real issues we face.

I hope that this event will demonstrate not only how complex our fiscal issues are, but also that they can be solved. All it takes is for us to make difficult choices, set long-term priorities, and above all else, work together."

Constituents who wish to attend Congressman Visclosky's "How Would YOU Balance the Budget" event must RSVP before Friday, March 8, 2013 by calling either the Merrillville office at (219) 795-1844 or the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2461.

The Visclosky "How Would YOU Balance the Budget" Event will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 in the Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Radisson in Merrillville. Members of the local press who wish to attend this event must contact Visclosky Director of Communications Phil LaRue at (202) 225-2461 by Friday, March 1, 2013 to secure press passes.

Visclosky "How Would YOU Balance the Budget?" Event

Monday, March 11, 2013

6:00 PM -- 8:00 PM (all times CST) -- Doors open at 5:30 PM

Grand Metropolitan Ballroom, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

Merrillville, IN

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