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White House Council Sets Meetings on Jobs in Oregon, Texas

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is planning meetings in Oregon and Texas with local business leaders to discuss ways to increase jobs and deal with shortages in some areas, such as engineering.

Intel Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will lead a session Aug. 31 at Portland State University in Oregon on reversing the nation’s shortage of engineers. A lack of engineers threatens U.S. leadership in innovation, the White House said in a statement.

On Sept. 1 at South Methodist University in Dallas, members of the council and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will focus on infrastructure spending.

The stops are part of a series of regional listening sessions hosted by the council, and come before President Barack Obama’s planned announcement of proposals to spur hiring and make deeper cuts in the nation’s long-term deficit.

Along with Otellini and Chu, the Oregon session includes: Darlene Miller, president and CEO of Permac Industries Inc.; Gary May, dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta; Shankar Sastry, dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley; Renjeng Su, dean of the College of Engineering at Portland State University; Leah Jamieson, dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; Guy Primus, chief operating officer of Overbrook Entertainment; and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women & Technology in Palo Alto, California.

The Texas session features Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra; Lew Hay, chairman & CEO of NextEra Energy, Inc.; Gary Kelly, chairman, president & CEO of Southwest Airlines Co; Matthew Rose, chairman & CEO of BNSF Railway Co.; Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Laura Tyson, professor at the University of California, Berkeley; Robert Wolf, chairman of UBS Americas and president of UBS Investment Bank; David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp; John Donovan, CTO of AT&T Inc.; C. Michael Walton, professor at the University of Texas; and John Young, president and CEO of Energy Future Holdings Corp.

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.

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