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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, June 15, 2015
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DWD Secretary Highlights Opportunities in Wisconsin for Young Professionals

APPLETON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson visited the Weidert Group of Appleton to highlight the many opportunities that are available in Wisconsin for young professionals to live and build their careers.

"With graduations happening all across the state, a new generation of workers is entering the workforce and thinking about where to pursue their careers," Secretary Newson said. "Employers like the Weidert Group of Appleton are known as excellent places for Millennials to work, and they reaffirm Wisconsin as a place of opportunity for young professionals across different sectors of the economy."

In April, during Wisconsin's Young Professionals Week, the Weidert Group was one of 10 employers awarded a 2015 Bubbler Award through a new program launched by NEWaukee, a Milwaukee-area organization that specializes in social architecture and helping local employers attract and retain young talent. In Northeastern Wisconsin, Associated Bank of Green Bay was also among the winners.

The Bubbler Award is designed to highlight employers that have the qualities that Millennials are seeking in today’s workplace: competitive salary and benefits, opportunity for advancement and employee and community engagement.

Weidert Group President Greg Linnemanstons said, "Young professionals are drawn to Weidert Group because the firm recognizes the perspective digital natives bring to our business, and so we promise almost immediate opportunities to impact our business, and our clients' businesses as well. We attract young people who possess a fearlessness about continual learning (inbound marketing as a discipline is very, very new) and who are eager to contribute. We know that through nurturing and embracing learning and skill building as core values we help reinforce our inclusive, supportive culture."

During today's visit, Secretary Newson spoke with young professionals about what they look for in a workplace, and with company leaders who elaborated on their talent recruitment and retention strategies. He also spoke about the positive indicators of Wisconsin's economy that young professionals should note, such as:

For more Information about Young Professionals Week and the 2015 Bubbler Awards: http://www.ypweek.com/bubbler-awards/

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