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Language Advocates Support President Obama on Economic Mobility: GALA and JNCL at White House

07 January 2014

Tuesday, 7 January, 2014

Washington, D.C. — In remarks today at the White House, President Obama stressed the need for economic opportunity and mobility. Hans Fenstermacher, CEO of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and Dr. William Rivers, Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), were invited as part of their continued advocacy for the language enterprise as an economic driver.

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Top: President Obama stresses need for economic opportunity and mobility at White House. Bottom: GALA CEO Hans Fenstermacher (left) and Joint National Committee for Languages Executive Director Dr. William Rivers (right).

Last year, JNCL and GALA formed the American Language Enterprise Advocacy (ALEA) to advance language education, professional language services and technology, and the language enterprise as a whole in the US. "Foreign language instruction in schools can reverse achievement gaps," said Rivers, "leaving children better prepared for the 21st century workforce."

Fenstermacher added that "the language industry is a potent vehicle for economic development and jobs," citing double-digit annual language-industry growth over the past eight years. "Language is the New Oil that drives everything in the 21st century, and we need globally talented people right now."

For more information:

Joint National Committee for Languages: www.languagepolicy.org, 202-966-8477

About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is the world's largest language industry trade association. www.gala-global.org.

About JNCL:

The Joint National Committee for Languages represents 90 organizations and companies in the language space, advocating for languages in the Nation' capital.