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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are profoundly shaping the nature of work, altering the skills workers need for success, changing the competitive landscape for employers, and forcing educational and workforce development systems to overhaul their offerings in order to sustain a thriving Wisconsin economy. Already, Wisconsin employers and educational institutions are implementing AI applications in fields ranging from manufacturing and health care to transportation, agriculture, and the sciences.

At the same time, the rise of generative AI offers the potential to advance equity and economic opportunity for the people of Wisconsin. To help harness these technologies and strengthen Wisconsin's workforce for the 21st century and beyond, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #211, creating the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence.

The task force is expected to serve as a crucial mechanism to adapt and equip a workforce capable of capitalizing on this transformation. The task force is chaired by the secretary of the Department of Workforce Development or a designee with additional leadership from the secretary of the Department of Administration or a designee and the secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. or a designee.

Task Force Membership

Other task force members to be appointed by the governor include:

  • A representative from the University of Wisconsin System,
  • A representative from the Wisconsin Technical College System, and
  • Other individuals including members from state and local government and individuals representing the business community, the education community, organized labor, the technology industry, and other leaders from impacted workforce sectors and industries.

Task Force Members

Task Force Charge

The Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence is charged with gathering and analyzing information to produce an advisory action plan for the governor. The action plan is expected to:

  • Identify the current state of generative AI's impact on Wisconsin’s labor market,
  • Develop informed predictions regarding its opportunities and impact for the near term and into the future,
  • Identify how these workforce opportunities and impacts may touch Wisconsin's key industries, occupations, and foundational skillsets,
  • Explore initiatives to advance equity and economic opportunity in the face of these changes, and
  • Based on these findings, recommend policy directions and investments related to workforce development and educational systems to capitalize on the AI transformation.

Action Plan and Public Input

While the action plan will focus on potential policies and investments for the coming three to five years, the strategic directions it establishes may have far-reaching implications for workers, employers, job seekers, and economic development. To assure that Wisconsin communities continue to thrive – with an economy that works for everyone – the task force will provide opportunities for public engagement and input as its work progresses.

Task Force Objectives