Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis
And an Update from AmSkills
Thursday, September 21
This meeting with Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis will focus on what to expect from Congress and the President, and how that applies to manufacturing. We will also have an update on AmSkills.
5:00 - 5:30: Registration
5:30 - 6:00: Announcements/ Dinner
6:00 - 6:15: Amskills Update
6:15 - 7:30: Discussion with Congressman Bilirakis and Q&A
Seven Spring Golf Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity
AmSkills Update (American Manufacturing Skills Initiative)
AmSkills was established in 2015 in Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties to establish a European-Style Apprenticeship Training Centers that help our youth, adults & veterans obtain hands-on technical skilled & trade experience; helps local manufacturers secure qualified long-term employees; and drives competitive economic growth by providing a well-trained community workforce.
Since that time, AmSkills has opened multiple training centers. They are a registered Veterans Training, Vocational Rehabilitation Training Center and Career Source Training Center along with implementing Youth & Adult Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. They are now beginning to provide semi-skilled and skilled Apprentice Candidates. Join us for a brief overview about our progress presented by Tom Mudano, AmSkills Executive Director.
Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida's 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.
Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus, the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance. Working in a bipartisan manner, his main priorities include controlling government spending, creating jobs for middle class Americans, finding ways for government to operate smaller and smarter, and lowering taxes. He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to quality health care, protecting veterans' benefits, and ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.
As the only Florida Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Gus continues to be a strong voice for Florida, and his roles on the Health, Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and Communications and Technology Subcommittees are highly beneficial for our state. With the fourth largest GDP, Florida is an important and robust economic engine that should carry great consideration when Congress examines ways we can drive this economy forward. Our state also has the greatest proportion of residents 65 years and older, making it even more important for Congress to ensure a quality and affordable healthcare system for current and future generations. Finally, with the highest per capita residential electricity demand, Florida has a vested interest in ensuring our country becomes more energy independent and has reliable access to a broad array of energy sources.
In his role as Vice-Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee and member of the Health Subcommittee, Gus continues to ensure our nation's heroes remain a top priority. In addition, Congressman Bilirakis is fighting to bring additional health care resources to Florida and the 12th Congressional District. Since coming to Congress, he has worked with local and national VA officials to expand the Pasco County VA Outpatient Clinic, bringing additional health care services, such as dental care and mental health services, to area veterans.
Gus is the sole Congressional Representative from Florida on the House Manufacturing Caucus, which examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Gus served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1998-2006), where he chaired several prominent panels, including Crime Prevention, Public Safety Appropriations, and the Economic Development, Trade and Banking Committee. During this time, he also served as Senior Partner at the Bilirakis Law Group in Holiday, Florida, where he specialized in wills, trusts and estate planning.
Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in 1989. He interned for President Ronald Reagan and the National Republican Congressional Committee. He also currently teaches government classes at St. Petersburg College.
Gus and his wife, Eva, have four sons - Michael, Teddy, Manuel and Nicholas.