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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

Thursday, September 14, 2016
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DWD Secretary Allen Discusses Talent Development Initiatives with Greater Green Bay Chamber

Dozens of employers participate in discussion on training and retaining skilled workers

GREEN BAY – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen joined dozens of business leaders at the Greater Green Bay Chamber to highlight DWD's efforts to work collaboratively with Wisconsin businesses to ensure a skilled talent pipeline is available for years into the future.

"Wisconsin's economy continues to outperform the national economy in many measures, including unemployment rate and labor force participation rate, and out total employment rate continues to be at near-record levels," Secretary Allen. "With many employers still struggling to find skilled workers in order to grow their operations, collaborating with Wisconsin businesses and developing workers who haven’t been traditionally connected to the workforce is absolutely essential to Wisconsin's continued economic growth. Today's discussion provided an opportunity to hear directly from Green Bay-area employers about their need for skilled talent, and to share how DWD and our regional partners can help them fill job openings they have now and in the future."

Ten-year projections show that the state has nearly 1 million jobs to fill from 2014-2024, with over three quarters of the positions becoming available due to retirements. Wisconsin's online labor exchange, Job Center of Wisconsin, currently has over 90,000 openings.

Governor Walker recently proclaimed September as Workforce Development Month. Today's roundtable is one of a series of chamber and business visits being made by DWD officials to highlight the many accomplishments made over the last few years in developing Wisconsin's workforce and to gather additional private sector input on how to continue to build upon DWD's successes by constant innovation and promotion of DWD's proven workforce solutions.

For more information on DWD's talent development programs, please visit http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/.