TOMMY G. THOMPSON
For Immediate Release - December 29, 1998
Contact: David Blaska (608) 266-6925
GOVERNOR NAMES KUSSART TO HEAD WORKFORCE INITIATIVE
Madison - Gov. Tommy G. Thompson today named Gene E. Kussart as his special assistant to lead his Initiative on Building Tomorrows Workforce. The job will have cabinet rank.
Kussart replaces Peter Fox, who was named secretary of the Department of Employment Relations.
"Gene Kussart knows how to get things done for the people of Wisconsin. Now his challenge will be to assure that all state agencies are working cooperatively with business, labor and educators to build tomorrows workforce," Gov. Thompson said. "Increasing the supply of high-skilled workers keeps business growing and helps families move up the earnings ladder."
Kussart, 49, is executive assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Kussart also serves as coordinator of the Wisconsin Fatherhood Initiative. He is a member of the Educational Approval Board and a former member of the Council on Mental Health.
The Governors Initiative on Building Tomorrows Workforce emphasizes training, education, recruitment, and supportive services, such as transportation and childcare. It responds to five workforce forums held this summer throughout the state involving 435 businesses in which, overwhelmingly, employers said they needed more and better-trained workers, especially in the industrial and technical trades.
The initiative is so important to the governor that he has made it the centerpiece of his term as president of the national Council of State Governments.
Kussart, his wife Pauline and their three children live in the Town of Middleton.