President McGarvey (center) participates in a panel discussion with (on the left) Daniel Roderick, CEO of Westinghouse and (on the right) Devin Henry, Energy Policy reporter for The Hill newspaper.
In his remarks, President McGarvey provided a perspective on the massive amounts of jobs that are created through the construction of a nuclear power plant, and gave the example of what is occurring now in Waynesboro, GA with the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 that are currently under construction.
"It's like a small city," he said.
President McGarvey went on to explain how such capital construction investments, as well as existing nuclear facilities across the United States are not only are the linchpin for local economies, local tax bases, and local small businesses, but they also enable the Building Trades to structure programs that enable local residents to acquire, through apprenticeship-readiness and formal apprenticeship, the skills sets that will not only last them a lifetime, but will enable them to live comfortably in the middle class.
"At Vogtle, through a partnership with Georgia Power and Southern Company," he explained, "we have just graduated our fourth apprenticeship-readiness class. And the beauty is that the vast majority of these folks will achieve their journeymen status by virtue of this one project."
President McGarvey also authored an article entitled "Saving Nuclear Energy Plants Means Saving Jobs" for The Hill newspaper website.