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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Helping Small Contractors & Suppliers Expand Qualified Workforce

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is spearheading a multi-agency state effort to equip small construction businesses and suppliers with the tools they need to access both capital and qualified workers to compete for Wisconn Valley-related projects. Two Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions targeting smaller contractors -- including those owned by women, minorities and veterans -- will be held in Milwaukee and Racine later this month.

"Competition for job candidates is at an all-time high in construction," said Brian Mitchell, president of Choice Construction, Inc. and the National Association of Minority Contractors-Wisconsin Chapter. "It is imperative that the public and private sectors work together to attract and train more individuals for family-supporting careers in this industry in order to continue building Wisconsin."

DWD Secretary Ray Allen pointed out that the construction of the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park is expected to create tens of thousands of direct and indirect construction-related jobs.

"With Wisconsin's unemployment rate at historic lows, it will require innovative public-private partnerships to expand the number of residents in the labor market and ensure they have quality training in construction trades," Secretary Allen said.

The capacity building sessions – targeting certified small and disadvantaged businesses, lending institutions, chambers of commerce and other business associations and resources – are scheduled for:

The capacity building sessions have been organized by DWD and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), in conjunction with the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), the Legacy Redevelopment Corporation, Racine County, and the Racine County Economic Development Corporation.

The Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions will provide business owners and other attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to access:

The capacity building sessions are intended to help the State, Foxconn, Racine County, City of Racine, Village of Mount Pleasant, and other partners achieve the Wisconsin First business inclusion goals of at least 10 percent of project contractors being certified small and disadvantaged businesses and a 10 percent of total contracts being Racine County-based contractors.

The sessions are free, but registration is required. Go to Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Session to register.