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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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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DWD Highlights Program Successes in Northern Wisconsin

Visits coincide with Governor Walker's Northern Economic and Community Development Summit

MADISON – Today, officials from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) made several stops across northern Wisconsin to highlight the impact of DWD programs on the citizens of northern Wisconsin. Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell and Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited the Barron County Cheese Corporation and the Merrill Fire Department respectively, to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and stress the importance of strong employer relationships in northern Wisconsin. Both employers were also presented with an Exemplary Employer Award from Governor Walker, recognizing them for their dedication to employing individuals with disabilities.

Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell also visited Thomas Precision Machining in Rice Lake to highlight how the state's Youth Apprenticeship program is connecting employers across Wisconsin with their future workforce. The stop also celebrated Manufacturing Month.

"Northern Wisconsin is absolutely vital to Wisconsin's continued economic growth," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "With a vibrant tourism industry and a robust manufacturing and service sector, these visits are designed to not only highlight existing partnerships but to get the word out about the programs and services DWD has to offer to workers and businesses across the state."

The visits coincide with Governor Walker's Northern Economic and Community Development Summit which is being held tomorrow at the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat in Trego, WI. The summit brings dozens of officials from several state agencies to northern Wisconsin to provide information on the numerous programs that are available to help municipalities, community and economic development groups, workers, and employers to help fund important initiatives in the north, and help connect employers with highly skilled workers.

The Northern Wisconsin Economic and Community Development Summit features one-on-one discussions with cabinet secretaries and dynamic breakout sessions with state and local experts across numerous topics from workforce training, economic development funding, natural resources, broadband expansion and more. During the breakout sessions, DWD will highlight the Governor's efforts to connect more Wisconsin employers with skilled college students through innovative internship programs. A key component of that initiative is DWD's new website, WisConnect – Your Source for Wisconsin Internships. DWD officials will provide an overview of the initiative, explain the features of the website and provide detail on why Wisconsin employers should consider adding or expanding their internship programs.

For more information on the summit, please visit the summit webpage.

For more information on DWD programs and services, visit DWD's webpage.