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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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DWD Secretary Honors Sheboygan Area Employers for Efforts to Hire Persons with Disabilities

'Exemplary Employer' recognition part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, proclaimed by Governor

SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today recognized area businesses that have demonstrated a strong commitment to employ job seekers with disabilities. Secretary Newson presented the businesses with "Exemplary Employer" plaques signed by Governor Walker as part of a ceremony hosted DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

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.

"The businesses we recognize today are setting a positive example by creating inclusive workplaces that support people with disabilities," Secretary Newson said. "In the Sheboygan area and across the state, our Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is ready to help any employer that wants to learn more about the rewards of employing more job seekers with disabilities."

Four Walgreens stores were presented with plaques signed by Governor Walker declaring them "Exemplary Employers": three Sheboygan locations at 1029 N. 14th Street, 3320 S. Business Drive and 2702 Calumet Drive; and the Walgreens store at 2455 Eastern Avenue in Plymouth.

In addition to "Exemplary Employer" awards, DWD staff recognized eight businesses in the region as "Outstanding Employers" and 19 additional employers with "Welcome Aboard" awards to highlight their new commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider this skilled and capable workforce.

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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