A fresh start for America’s auto communities

I know communities that have faced hard times. I grew up in one. I’ve lived in one, and until last week I was the mayor of one. Helping my community get back on its feet has been my passion for as long as I can remember. But I also know that Youngstown is just one city that needed help. Now as the new director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, I have the chance to give back to not just my own community, but many throughout the nation that continue to face challenges as the auto industry and American manufacturing emerges from the deepest recession in decades.

Secretary Solis congratulates Jay Williams on being named executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers and welcomes him to the DOL team!

When President Obama took office two and a half years ago, the future of the American automotive industry was uncertain. Two of the Big 3 American automakers were on the verge of bankruptcy. Plants across the country were being closed or idled.

Just as our President recognized that the automotive companies themselves needed assistance, he also recognized that our automotive communities needed support in addressing the challenges they were facing. That’s why in March 2009, President Obama named his first director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

Over the past two years, we have seen the automotive industry make great strides toward recovery. Auto manufacturers are making investments in facilities and adding jobs again. Since June 2009, the automotive industry has added more than 110,000 jobs. GM, Chrysler, and Ford are all operating at a profit. Still, for communities that have lost a plant, there is still a lot of hard work ahead. That’s where we come in.

My experience as mayor provided me with a unique perspective. I know firsthand the struggles that communities face when trying to work toward recovery, but I’ve also seen what can happen when the right people — state, local, and federal governments along with community leaders, businesses, and philanthropic organizations — come to the table with fresh ideas and the desire to get things done. I’m excited to do just that for the auto communities across the country that need a fresh start.

Jay Williams is the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

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  1. Cygnis Media says:

    Sounds Good, hops so it will do good as well.

  2. zza says:

    Hello, that’s a good news for workers.

  3. I am a supplier to the auto industry. I supply vehicle lettering for the automotive industry. The commercial leasing departments of Ford, GM and Chrysler dealerships use our services to add truck lettering and van lettering to their vehicles for their customers. As such, the recovery of the auto industry is also tangentially related with trickle down effect to countless other vendors. There are a lot of great people who work for the vehicle industry that deserve to get back to work. This is another piece of the puzzle to get America working again! Great work!

  4. Mesa Auto says:

    I am going to say Bravo, the Man clapping in the picture is how I feel. Working in the automotive industry has been a struggle, due to many circumstances, therefore any one Helping an community get back on its feet, is packing a ton of horsepower in my opinion.

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  21. KEL says:

    Great news! It’s nice to see that the automotive industry is still moving ahead with great strides. They are predicting that 2012 should be even better yet!

  22. I run a car leasing blog and it amazes me how much better the lease rates on cars have gotten. Either the car makers are feeling confident or there is some desperation to take on new risks. The deals from Cadillac and GM have been particularly good.

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  24. It sure seems dominoes at many times.

  25. Totally agree with the dominoes analogy. One thing impacts another and the chain has got to be broken somehow by someone or organization. You are in position to positively impact this chain.

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  31. drh says:

    In addition to #24. Doctor, I also sit in my animal hospital I agree that mindset needs to change. Where cars are concerned the auto industry must produce a competitive vehicle (quality and price). Most Americans would then purchase American made vehicles. I suppose that vehicles are somewhat like animal hospitals and veterinarians.
    If we have…
    • The right product
    • At the right time
    • And the right price
    • We will probably be successful.
    Our automotive industry has improved immensely in the last 10 to 20 years and it continues to improve every year. The challenge will be to improve faster than the competition.

  32. Best SEO Firm says:

    It is great to see the auto industry recover after all of the tax payer dollars that went into saving it. My hat is off to Ford for not asking for any money.

  33. Web Design Jacksonville says:

    Great news to see that the American automobile industry is still going strong!

  34. This is a great idea for the American automobile industry and hope it all goes well! Its nice to know that there is someone not only caring for their own community but also others!

  35. alex adam says:

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  38. Nice Article.. Please share more details about work and progress.

  39. This article is great and informative… It’s nice to see that the automotive industry is still moving ahead with great strides.

  40. Thankx for updating me. Hope so it will be continue in future..

  41. seo firm says:

    If there is any speech that has ever caught my fancy I will like this one.
    “I know communities that have faced hard times. I grew up in one. I’ve lived in one, and until last week I was the mayor of one.”
    but seriously it is a call to ATTENTION first statement and got me reading the whole stuff!
    well I will add my quarter right here stating that it is a good initiative taken to help with the rebuilding of the American automobile sector because it will be a catastrophic impact to people working in that niche market.
    I do wish you best in Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

  42. lisa says:

    Jay Williams Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Really thank you! Cool.

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