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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From Washington to Baltimore. President Barack Obama will be in Charm City this Friday. The president will visit a south Baltimore company to sell his job creation plans.

Kai Jackson has details of the trip.

The White House calls this the president’s Jobs and Opportunities Tour, yet the number of Americans on payrolls may be the factor that determines if it produces results.

President Obama will make a brief but important stop in Maryland on Friday. The commander-in-chief will visit a south Baltimore business called Ellicott Dredges. It’s part of the president’s agenda to promote job growth.

“Our economy can’t succeed unless the young people have the skills that they need to succeed,” Obama said.

Republicans and other critics argue the president’s economic plans haven’t worked.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will spend time with the president Friday. She says economic growth is a work in progress.

“I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement but we’re going to be highlighting some companies that have been adding to the job base and certainly paving a way for a growing economy,” she said.

Ellicott Dredges has been here for 125 years. When President Obama speaks here on Friday, it’s expected he’ll talk about the jobs that are created to make the complex machinery.

Dredges are used to deepen bodies of water like Baltimore’s harbor. That expansion allows bigger ships into ports and larger cranes now handle a higher volume of cargo, which should mean more jobs. It’s the economic circle of life.

“We want businesses to know that Baltimore City does have a qualified workforce,” said Karen Sitnick, part of the mayor’s Office of Employment.

The president is also scheduled to visit an elementary school while he’s in Baltimore.

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