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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, May 16, 2016
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DWD Secretary Allen Highlights Workforce Partnerships in Northwest Wisconsin

ASHLAND – Recently, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen visited Northwest Wisconsin to highlight workforce initiatives and partnerships to develop talent and grow the region's economy.

"Under Governor Walker's leadership, the Department of Workforce Development has redoubled its focus on ways we can develop the talent needed to keep Wisconsin employers competitive, and strong partnerships at the local and regional effort are critical to our success," Secretary Allen said. "It was an honor to meet with leaders from business, talent development, economic development, education and other entities in the Ashland region, and exchange ideas on future collaborations."

On Thursday, May 12, Secretary Allen delivered opening remarks at a Regional Insights on the Economy (RIsE) session at Best Western The Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland. The sessions are being hosted by Visions Northwest, the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NWWIB), and the Northwest Wisconsin Educators for Regional Development. Approximately 40 participants were provided with an economic overview followed by discussions about the collaborations between workforce, economic development and educational partners in the region.

Mari Kay-Nabozny, NWWIB Chief Executive Officer, said: "This event draws together a diverse a group of stakeholders to debate the critical issues of the economy and the future of our communities. Our Regional economic success requires collaboration -- only by working together can workforce, business, education, and communities bridge the economic needs of working families and the challenge of sustainable economic growth."

From the RIsE session, Secretary Allen traveled to the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino north of Bayfield and spoke with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. He then returned to Ashland for a roundtable discussion with area workforce partners, followed by a visit with local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) staff.

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