Bush Cabinet members visit Mayo

By Lenora Chu

Members of President Bush's economic team will be appearing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Wednesday to take part in a job-training roundtable discussion with training program administrators and participants.

U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and Treasury Secretary John Snow also will observe a hands-on training session in progress; Mayo offers training in health-related fields such as nursing and patient care, as well as general-skills areas, such as computer use.

Chao will moderate the roundtable, which will include four administrators and three trainees -- one each from the nursing, pharmacy and return-to-work programs.


Chao, Evans and Snow then will travel to the Twin Cities to participate in forums given by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and Best Buy.

Chao was sworn into office as secretary of labor during the first month of Bush's presidency. While director of the Peace Corps, she expanded the volunteer program into countries of the former communist bloc. Chao has served as CEO of the United Way, chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Evans served as CEO of the energy company Tom Brown Inc. before Bush chose him to serve as commerce secretary. The Houston native took office in January 2001. He worked on Bush's two Texas gubernatorial campaigns and chaired the Bush-Cheney campaign for the 2000 presidential election.

John Snow served as chairman and CEO of CSX Corp., a railroad company, before being sworn into office as secretary of the Department of Treasury in February. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Snow previously served as administrator of the Department of Transportation highway-safety division and led a number of business associations and forums dealing with issues ranging from corporate governance to financial institution reform.

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