BREWTON – Danny B. Joyner, Republican candidate for State Senate District 22, says his economic plan will decrease unemployment throughout the area.
“We have a great workforce in this part of the state,” Joyner said. “We have talented men and women in this area who are willing to work as hard as anyone in the country. I am committed to recruiting companies, big and small, to our area and to putting the people of District 22 back to work.”
Joyner says that, if elected, he will immediately focus on assisting existing businesses throughout the district by eliminating any barriers to success and expansion.
“I will convene a small business advisory council consisting of small business owners and local chamber of commerce directors from throughout the district,” Joyner explained. “I want to meet with my advisory council at least once a quarter so that I can listen to and respond directly to the needs of those men and women who employ most Alabamians, small business owners.”
Joyner says he will work with the group to draft and sponsor legislation which would allow existing small businesses to have access to funding incentives similar to those presently used to recruit large corporations. He has also pledged to use a portion of his legislative salary to provide business owners with the resources they need to improve their businesses and hire more people.
“I will devote 10% of my legislative salary to hosting an annual district-wide small business assistance conference,” Joyner pledged. “I want to connect small business owners with subject matter experts on a variety of topics like marketing, personnel, and best business practices.”
Joyner, a small business owner himself, believes that many business owners would benefit greatly from a free training session from business related professionals.
“Small business people usually don’t have the time or money to take away from their companies in order to get training on new and innovative ways to do things,” Joyner explained. “I want to make it easier for them to get professional assistance by removing the time and financial barriers.”
Joyner also has a plan for assisting unemployed Alabamians with finding a job. He has promised to host district-wide job fairs at least twice a year to connect businesses in the district that are hiring with citizens that are looking for employment.
“I will make it my mission to connect employers with potential employees at free job fairs that I will host,” Joyner said. “These job fairs will also have people on hand to offer assistance on topics like interview skills and resume writing at no charge.”
Joyner also recognizes the importance of recruiting large corporation to the district.
“From my first day on the job I will work with Governor Bentley and his Department of Commerce to identify large corporations that are looking for new places to locate,” Joyner promised. “I will do everything I can to sell those companies on the advantages of District 22. I will do everything I can to get them to come to Southwest Alabama.”
The Republican primary election will be held on June 3.