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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Council on Workforce Investment Recommends Key Strategies to Develop Talent & Grow Wisconsin's Economy

MADISON – The new 2014-2018 Workforce and Talent Development Strategic Plan from the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment (CWI) provides a comprehensive roadmap to ensure Wisconsin develops skilled talent that meets employer demand and moves the state's economy forward, state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said today.

"Skilled talent is and will continue to be a critical need for Wisconsin's key industries, and we need a comprehensive action plan to ensure that the most qualified individuals fill in-demand job openings that employers have available," said Secretary Newson, who is the CWI's Executive Director. "The recommendations outlined in this plan give Wisconsin a competitive advantage to attract and retain business."

The CWI 2014-2018 Strategic Plan makes 21 recommendations in four key areas to address a broad range of workforce development system challenges that include sustainable short-term and long-term activities to cultivate, attract and retain skilled talent, along with the necessary implementation resources to achieve the anticipated return on investment. Examples are highlighted below:

The CWI was established in 2000 as a federal mandate under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to assist the state of Wisconsin in identifying and implementing outcomes-based workforce development strategies through labor market information and employer demand. Its membership is appointed by the Governor and includes a majority of business leaders, as well state legislators, and representatives from educational institutions, non-profit agencies and labor organizations.

In 2013, Governor Walker tasked the CWI with developing a strategic plan to align Wisconsin's workforce development initiatives and investments with its economic development efforts. The CWI is presenting the plan for consideration by the Governor and lawmakers for use in crafting workforce development priorities in the next biennial budget.

The plan is available online.

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