|Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release|
|Friday, December 5, 2003
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Madison - Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Wisconsin was selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices to participate in the Policy Academy on Cross-System Innovation. Wisconsin, one of six states selected for academy participation, submitted a proposal that addresses the complex challenges of working across systems to improve service delivery and outcomes for low-income working families and children.
States participating in the policy academy will work intensively with other states' teams to share ideas, compare and analyze policy proposals, and gain information on best practices from NGA Center faculty and outside experts.
"This is an unprecedented opportunity to work across government agencies and with our community partners to improve the lives of children and families in Wisconsin," said Governor Doyle. "The partners in this project share a common vision to make real, substantive changes in systems so we can better help low-income families."
Developing a coordinated approach to serving family needs will save taxpayer dollars as well as produce a more efficient method in how services are delivered. Wisconsin team members include the Office of Governor Jim Doyle; Department of Workforce Development Secretary, Roberta Gassman; Department of Health and Family Services Secretary, Helene Nelson; State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elizabeth Burmaster; philanthropists; advocates; and, county and local human service agencies.
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