Those in attendance voiced their concerns with the nation’s infrastructure, and how those problems impact business in the U.P.
Congressman Bergman says infrastructure reform is no easy fix.
“What is going to be the plan for infrastructure in this country, as we talked about, it’s going to be between the federal government, the states, the local entities, and private business to make sure that they get the deal right,” said Bergman.
Another major talking point was trade. President Trump announced the United States, Mexico, Canada agreement on Monday that would replace NAFTA. It’s a deal that expands upon and reforms NAFTA, and all three nation leaders believe it will lead to increased jobs.
Bergman said, “Monday was a great shot in the arm for the United States of America prioritizing American jobs, especially when it comes here in Michigan to agriculture, dairy, and manufacturing. They all benefit immediately.”
Congressman Bergman also acknowledged that the U.P. does have many job openings in those fields, but not enough skilled workers, and offered what he hopes is a solution.
“I really believe we need to focus more in high school on our technical education so that the young boys and girls see the opportunity of what it is to work outside, to work with big machinery,” said Bergman.