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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

Friday, October 28, 2016
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Green Bay-Area Business for Employing Job Seekers with Disabilities

Green Bay Seven-Up Bottling Company receives Governor's Exemplary Employer Award

GREEN BAY – Yesterday, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson delivered remarks at an Employer Appreciation Event at Gather on Broadway in Green Bay to recognize the Green Bay Seven-Up Bottling Company for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. The event was held during Disability Employment Awareness Month honoring Wisconsin businesses for their commitment to an inclusive workplace and recognizing the value that job seekers with disabilities bring to an employer's workforce. Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin.

"Throughout the month of October, DWD and our partners have recognized numerous employers for their commitment to an inclusive workplace," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "Individuals with disabilities have proven time and time again that they are some of the most productive, reliable and trustworthy employees and employer has, and their value to Wisconsin's workforce is second to none. With over 9,500 individuals with disabilities reaching their employment goal in the last two fiscal years, individuals with disabilities are helping move Wisconsin's workforce forward."

A Better Bottom Line

Governor Walker launched the Year of a Bette Bottom Line initiative in 2014 in support of overcoming obstacles to employment for people with disabilities. In the two fiscal years since launching the initiative, DWD's DVR program has helped over 9,500 individuals with disabilities reach their employment goal. The annual earnings of these individuals is over $167 million. A Better Bottom Line, tailored after Delaware Governor Jack Markell's initiative with the National Governor's Association, promotes employment opportunities for people with disabilities through recognition, education and investments in programs like DVR.