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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, July 20, 2015
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DWD Secretary Announces New Council on Workforce Investment Members

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announced new members of Governor Walker's Council on Workforce Investment (CWI), which oversees coordination of talent development activities across the state. The new members include representatives from both the private and public sector who possess the background and expertise to develop a strong, highly skilled workforce in Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin stands out among the nation for the investments we have made to develop our workforce," Secretary Newson said. "We will look to the Council to recommend more bold and innovative strategies to ensure a robust and well-trained talent pipeline is in place to help employers stay competitive in the nation and world."

The Council provides recommendations to the Governor and the DWD on strategic investments of federal funds. The advisory panel also reviews the workforce activities of Wisconsin's Workforce Development Areas, ensuring that workforce development programing is efficient and effective.

The CWI was reconstituted this year in part to meet new requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, which represents the most significant changes to the nation's workforce development system since the 1990s. The council consists of members appointed in accordance with WIOA with additional members as designated by the Governor.

Examples of the Council's duties include:

Additional information on the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, including a full membership list, is available at http://www.wi-cwi.org.

Governor's Council on Workforce Investment

The following individuals will join Governor Walker as members of the Council on Workforce Investment.

Dan Ariens                            Ariens Company
Kurt Bauer                            Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Ray Cross                             University of Wisconsin System
Cedric Ellis                            CUNA Mutual Group
Tony Evers                            Department of Public Instruction
Paul Farrow                          Waukesha County Executive
Andy Fiene                            Premier Cooperative
Morna Foy                            Wisconsin Technical College System
Reed Hall                              Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Grailing Jones                        Schneider Finance, Inc.
Steve Klessig                        Keller, Inc.
Janice Lemminger                 ManpowerGroup
Steve Loehr                          Kwik Trip
Terry McGowan                   International Union of Operating Engineers
Dan Mella                             Plymouth School District
Michelle Mettner                   Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Reggie Newson                     Department of Workforce Development
Kent Olson                           Olson Tire and Auto Service. Inc.
Alan Petelinsek                     Power Test, Inc.
Vern Peterson                      Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Rep. Warren Petryk             Wisconsin Assembly
Dawn Pratt                           Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council
Mark Reihl                           Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters
Sen. Janis Ringhand              Wisconsin Senate
Lola Roeh                             The Osthoff Resort
Sen. Roger Roth                   Wisconsin Senate
Kathi Seifert                          Katapult, LLC.
Rep. Katrina Shankland         Wisconsin Assembly
Dan Steininger                       BizStarts Milwaukee
Tom Still                               Wisconsin Technology Council
Troy Streckenbach                Brown County Executive
Vicky Strobel                       Marshfield Clinic
Mark Tyler                           OEM Fabricators
Rolf Wegenke                      Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

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