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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

August 26, 2016
CONTACT: Tom Evenson, (608) 267-7303

Governor Walker Announces $4.5 Million Plan to Build Workforce and Rebuild Neighborhoods in Milwaukee

Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker, joined by state Cabinet officials, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, today announced a joint economic and workforce development effort for the City of Milwaukee which includes an additional $4.5 million state investment. The effort will center on raising awareness of existing programs and providing additional resources for employment and blight-elimination programs.

"Today's announcement sends a message to the people of Milwaukee that we are here to help anyone who wants a job, find a job," Governor Walker said. "At the State, we are going to utilize new methods to market job and health services for people who need them, and we are also going to make a significant investment in worker training. This is all about helping people move from government dependence to true independence through the dignity that comes from work."

The state agencies involved in leading this effort are the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). DWD Secretary Ray Allen and DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson are leading the state's effort. The mission of these agencies is to increase the visibility of the state's efforts to help those in need while utilizing existing programs and staff.

"We are working together to put resources into some of the most significant issues facing Milwaukee neighborhoods. With a focus on Sherman Park and adjoining areas, I want to initiate an effort that will address both the lack of job opportunities and the condition of neighborhood housing stock in a meaningful way," Mayor Barrett said. "Together with our neighborhood partners we can build on work that has been underway and leverage additional Federal and private investments."

"My highest priority for more than a year has been tackling the root causes of systemic poverty and institutionalized racism. While it's incredibly upsetting that it took another tragedy to create a true call to action throughout our community, I'm encouraged by the efforts of state and local leaders. I look forward to partnering with Gov. Walker and Mayor Barrett on this new development effort, as well as the County's existing efforts such as the Office on African American Affairs and our successful UpLift MKE job training program."

Highlights of the Effort:

Comprehensive Overview of Immediate Actions:

Department of Children and Families

Department of Financial Institutions

Department of Health Services

Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority