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|Friday, July 10, 1998 |
Tommy G. Thompson
News Media Contact
Michael H. McCoy
For more information contact:
Tony Hozeny, Commerce Department, 608/267-9661
Governors Workforce Forum
set for Reedsburg Wednesday
Madison, Wis. -- Members of the Governors Cabinet and other state and local governmental officials will gather in Reedsburg Wednesday (July 15) as they continue to collect ideas from Wisconsin employers about how to solve theirlabor shortage problems.
A cross-section of employers from the area already have been invited to participate, while other employers are welcome to attend to observe and offer their own ideas that day or later. At least 75 persons are expected to attend the session.
It will be the fourth and final event in a month-long series of Governors Workforce Forums looking for both short-term and long-term solutions as Wisconsin continues to see its lowest recorded unemployment rates ever.
Invited guests include employers, educators and local government from southwestern Wisconsin. The session begins at 9 a.m. at the Reedsburg Area Technical College, Room 13, 300 Alexander Ave.
Conclusions from the Forums will be collected and submitted to the Governor within the next few weeks.
Previous Forums in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Rice Lake have generated dozens of ideas providing possible strategies for employers, educators, local and state government agencies.
Those ideas -- labeled "emerging trends" -- are being summarized and posted after each Forum on a special Internet World Wide Web site. The address is http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/forums.
Summaries of comments from the first two sessions already are posted, while ideas from the Rice Lake forum will appear soon.
Because seating is limited at the sessions and some employers cant attend because of schedule conflicts, state government also has set up a special e-mail address where employers can send their suggestions. That address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
They otherwise may be sent to: Governors Workforce Forum, c/o either Secretary Linda Stewart, Department of Workforce Development, P.O. Box 7946, Madison, WI 53707 or Secretary William McCoshen, Department of Commerce, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53702.
Ideas collected via e-mail or U.S. mail will be considered for the final report.
The two agencies are principal hosts for the Forum series, along with the Technical College System, Forward Wisconsin, the Department of Revenue and the University of Wisconsin System. Each Forum has been hosted by a local technicalcollege.
(Note to editors: This session is open to the news media and, to the extent that space is available, to the public.
(If you have not yet received a media kit, you may obtain one by contacting Linda Preysz of the Department of Workforce Development at 608/267-9368 or at the Forum itself.
(If you require other assistance in your coverage of this event before Wednesday, please contact Tony Hozeny of the Department of Commerce at 608/267-9661.)