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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Monday, July 28, 2014
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Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary Newson Welcomes State Labor Secretaries, Commissioners to NAGLO 2014 Conference

National Association of Government Labor Officials celebrating 100 Years of Labor Progress

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today opened the 2014 Conference of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, a bi-partisan organization of state workforce secretaries, labor commissioners and directors marking 100 Years of Labor Progress.

As NAGLO Acting President, Secretary and Treasurer, Wisconsin DWD Secretary Newson joined Texas Workforce Commission (WTC) Executive Director Larry Temple in welcoming the NAGLO members to the three-day conference, which provides opportunities to share best practices and initiatives to enhance workforce programs serving job seekers, workers and employers.

Secretary Newson welcomed 26 labor officials and colleagues representing 13 states and a representative from Taiwan who registered for the conference at The Driskill Hotel in Austin.

"In Wisconsin, we have Governor Scott Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative, a new, exciting, state-funded approach to worker training that is employer-driven, collaborative, and structured to ensure results," Secretary Newson said. "Wisconsin Fast Forward and other substantial workforce investments Governor Walker is making are in keeping with Wisconsin's tradition as a workforce leader, first in the nation with apprenticeship training and worker's compensation, as two examples. We are eager to share our best practices, as well as learn from other states."

NAGLO was formed in 1914 to represent all state bureaus or departments devoted to procuring and publishing facts and figures on their workforce. While the conference is billed in part as a centennial celebration, Secretary Newson said the organization's roots date back to 1882 when the Association of Chiefs & Officials of Bureaus of Labor was created.

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