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Sec.Gassman Announces over $570,000 in Industry Partnership Grants

On Wednesday, August 25, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced a $463,488 Wisconsin Industry Partnership grant to train workers for biofuel production in Northern Wisconsin, further advancing Governor Doyle’s agenda to grow the state’s clean energy economy. Secretary Gassman awarded the grant to the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, DWD’s regional partner that proposed the Bio-Energy Sector Training project. The board worked with 15 employers in the biofuel, logging and paper production sector, including Flambeau River Papers, which will be powered by the new Flambeau River BioFuels bio-refinery plant once it is operational in 2013. Secretary Gassman announced the grant during a visit to Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls.

Later in the day, Secretary Gassman visited Wausau Papers in Rhinelander to announce a $112,760 Industry Partnership grant to train workers for the north central region’s advanced manufacturing sector. She awarded the grant to the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, which worked with 13 employers and four labor unions to develop the project. In seeking the grant, the regional board and its partners cited a survey of manufacturers in the area’s six counties. Results show that over the next three years, 47 employers plan to hire more than 900 individuals in new entry level jobs, 186 in new technical positions and 87 in new professional level positions.

Secretary Gassman visited the cities as part of Governor Doyle’s "Up North" Tour.

August 25, 2010

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