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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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DWD Deputy Secretary Recognizes Pitney Bowes as 'Exemplary Employer'

Madison site honored with Governor-signed plaque for commitment to hire persons with disabilities

MADISON – At a celebration event today in Madison, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry recognized Pitney Bowes for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Deputy Secretary Barry presented the company with an "Exemplary Employer" plaque signed by Governor Scott Walker.

Governor Walker proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities, which is also part of his initiative titled A Better Bottom Line to showcase the ways in which employing persons with disabilities improves a company's bottom line.

"As our regional DVR staff work closely with employers like Pitney Bowes to help job seekers with disabilities reach their employment goals, it is important that we recognize such employers who are demonstrating a strong commitment to these dedicated and capable workers," Deputy Secretary Barry said. "Our DVR staff stands ready to help other employers experience firsthand how employing job seekers with disabilities benefits their bottom line."

"Pitney Bowes is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion," said Debbie Pfeiffer, president, Pitney Bowes Presort Services. "Our partnership with the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development is an important part of that initiative. We are grateful for this recognition, but even more grateful for the positive impact this program has had on our entire Madison, Wisconsin team."

Pitney Bowes has partnered with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and the National Employment Team (NET) to play an active role in vocational rehabilitation programs across the country. Its partnership with the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) began in 2012 to provide job seeker with disabilities work experiences that in several cases have resulted into permanent hires.

DVR is actively serving almost 17,000 job seekers with disabilities and, during the federal fiscal year that ended September 30, placed 4,415 individuals in a variety of positions. The newly employed individuals are projected to earn $78.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

For more information:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/
Governor's Proclamation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/pdf/disability_employment_awareness_month.pdf
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