Governor Steve Bullock today sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta expressing deep concern over the announcement of the closure of the Job Corps Center in Anaconda, Montana.
“Closing this center will lead to immediate job loss for the workers, but also will have negative impacts on our state’s resiliency to fires and other disasters, economic development and private enterprise in our state,” said Governor Bullock in the letter. “For the benefit of our economy and the safety of our state, I urge you to maintain the Anaconda Job Corps Center.”
In the letter, Governor Bullock outlined damaging impacts that would result from the closure of the Job Corps Center, including:
- Eliminating a vital pathway to bring skilled individuals into the workforce and harming Montana’s manufacturing industry;
- Eliminating a necessary wildfire training center, which will lead to higher labor costs to secure the needed workers;
- Leading to immediate job loss for workers.
The full letter can be found here.