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Scott Walker, Governor
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DWD, Employ Milwaukee Announce First Job Center Access Point

Will deploy 'mobile response' equipment, more robust assessment and referral services to HIRE Center, with additional sites being finalized as part of push to bring comprehensive services to local neighborhoods

MILWAUKEE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and regional workforce partner Employ Milwaukee will launch the first neighborhood Job Center Access Point on Tuesday, September 13, at the HIRE Center. The centers are part of Governor Walker's announced investment of $4.5 million to strengthen and rebuild Milwaukee in partnership with city, county and community groups.

"We are moving ahead with our action plan to make job search, assessment and counseling services more accessible to those who are not in the workforce system, starting with a location that's well-known and established in the Milwaukee community, including Sherman Park and adjoining areas," Secretary Allen said. "The 'mobile response' equipment we deploy will bring more robust and comprehensive service levels to the HIRE Center, giving residents an opportunity to start along a pathway toward developing skills, removing barriers and, ultimately, finding a good-paying job to support themselves and their families."

Features of the Job Center Access Point include:

The additional equipment on site will include laptops, routers, peripheral equipment, etc., to establish job seeker assessment and career counseling services and provide direct access to tools such as JobCenterofWisconsin.com.

Exact hours of operation will be announced, along with targeted promotion to neighborhood residents who are not connected to the workforce system.

Additional neighborhood Job Center Access Point locations will be announced in the future as the services rotate from neighborhood to neighborhood in partnering locations, such as schools, churches and community centers.

"Our goal is to provide greater opportunity for residents to become connected to the workforce system," said Earl Buford, President and CEO, Employ Milwaukee. "We want to reach people who are currently not accessing workforce services and inform them about available resources."

Highlights of the Governor's $4.5 Million Plan Include:

Comprehensive Overview of Immediate Actions:

Department of Children and Families

Department of Financial Institutions

The state of Wisconsin will provide $2 million to assist in the demolition, deconstruction, and rehabilitation of foreclosed and blighted properties in the City of Milwaukee. The program will be administered in a partnership with the city and the state. There will be matching funds from the city. In 2013, with $2 million provided by the state and $1.1 million from the City of Milwaukee, 205 properties were demolished. The funds will be made available by the Attorney General from the settlement dollars obtained by Department of Justice.

Department of Health Services

Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority