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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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In North Central Wisconsin, DWD Deputy Secretary Highlights Regional Collaborations to Develop Talent

Deputy Secretary visits WI Rapids & Wausau for Chamber of Commerce meeting, regional Job Fair

MADISON – During visits today to Wisconsin Rapids and Wausau, Wisconsin Department of Workforce (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell underscored the importance of state and regional collaborations to connect talent with opportunity and grow the economy in North Central Wisconsin.

Deputy Secretary Maxwell met with members of the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin Rapids, where she presented information on regional and state talent development initiatives. Later, she visited the Marathon County Job Fair at the Northcentral Technical College campus in Wausau and met with participants and organizers of the event.

"As with all regions across the state, North Central Wisconsin employers need a robust talent pipeline of skilled workers who are prepared to compete in the modern economy, and we are collaborating with regional workforce partners to keep this pipeline strong now and in the future," Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell said. "Under Governor Walker's leadership, we will continue to support strategic investments and partnerships that develop talent and meet the needs of job creators statewide."

Deputy Secretary Maxwell highlighted many DWD-administered training programs such as Registered Apprenticeship, Youth Apprenticeship and the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant program. Other programs, such as job fairs and other recruitment events, are strengthening connections between employers and job seekers to ensure everyone who wants a job can find one.

"The latest monthly job numbers show our state economy is growing and adding thousands of jobs, and the number of people employed in Wisconsin is at an all-time high," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Even so, employers are still in search of talent, and job seekers are looking for new opportunities. At the DWD, we are committed to the Governor's vision of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce that meets labor market needs."

More information on the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and the Marathon County Job Fair is available online.

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