Madison – Wisconsin’s high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment.
While other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040 in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages. The employment category covers non-upholstered wood furniture.
Madison –Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed November as Adoption Month and Saturday, November 22, 2014 will be celebrated as National Adoption Day.
“My heartfelt thanks go out to all the families who provide good, stable, and loving homes to their adopted children,” said Governor Walker. “As we prepare for Thanksgiving and consider what we’re thankful for this year, it is important to take a moment and remember how blessed we are for all of the loved ones in our lives.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker’s office announced the 2014 holiday tour schedule for the Executive Residence. These tours allow visitors to experience first-hand the beautiful decorations and scenery, including views of the main rooms on the first floor, which feature Christmas trees with unique decorations that have been crafted by Wisconsinites throughout the state.
“The Executive Residence belongs to the people of Wisconsin, and we are happy to open the doors to those who want to see just how beautiful it is during the holiday season.” Governor Walker said.
Madison–Today, Moody's Investors Service announced it was changing the State of Wisconsin’s bond rating outlook to positive. Prior to today’s report, Moody’s outlook for Wisconsin was stable.
“The independent analysis released today by Moody’s shows that our strong fiscal management has put Wisconsin on a positive path,” said Governor Scott Walker. “The tough decisions we made in the past have allowed us to look forward at new, innovative ways to cut taxes, grow our economy, and help the private sector create jobs.”
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Madison – Governor Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the Read to Lead Development Council is seeking applicants for Read to Lead Development Fund grants. The grants are aimed at improving literacy and early childhood development. This will be the second year the council reviews applications.
“Our Read to Lead initiative is a priority because it is imperative that we offer all children the greatest opportunities to succeed in life, Governor Walker said. “We know that children who are not skilled readers by the time they reach fourth grade, will face greater challenges in their other studies. These grants are awarded to groups and organizations that will help improve literacy, and therefore eliminate those challenges, and pave the way for a brighter future.”
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Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the week of November 17–21 as Education Week.
“Our appreciation to parents, educators, and administrators extends far beyond Education Week,” said Governor Walker. “They work hard each and every day to ensure that all Wisconsin students, regardless of zipcode, have access to a great education. I am thankful for their dedication to our students and schools.”
Press Release | November 19, 2014Read More
Madison – Wisconsin outranks all other Midwest states when it comes to projected economic growth over the next five years, according to Forbes magazine’s new business climate rankings.
“Forbes’ positive rankings for Wisconsin confirm that not only is our economy getting stronger every day, but that the prospects for future economic growth here are significantly improving,” said Governor Scott Walker. “This is another indication the pro-business policies that we put into place are working, and the future is bright for all Wisconsin workers.”
Press Release | November 18, 2014Read More
Madison – Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker each took a selfie today as part of Project Blue November, a social media initiative to promote Diabetes Awareness Month. They will also light the Executive Residence blue tonight as part of Project Blue November, a program raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes.
“We’re proud to support initiatives bringing awareness to the struggles caused by diabetes,” said Governor Walker. “Our selfies, as well as lighting the Executive Residence blue tonight, are a great way to highlight the work being done to combat diabetes, a disease that personally impacts our lives, as well as the lives of millions across the nation.”
Press Release | November 14, 2014Read More
Year of A Better Bottom Line: Governor Scott Walker Announces $600,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants to Train Workers with Disabilities
Milwaukee/Marshfield – Governor Scott Walker announced today the intent to award more than $600,000 in worker training grants to help more than 200 persons with disabilities develop demand-driven skills to reach their employment goals. The grants are supported through Governor Walker's $35.4 million Wisconsin Fast Forward -- Blueprint for Prosperity initiative, which invests in worker training to move Wisconsin's working families along a path toward greater prosperity and independence. Governor Walker made the announcements at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee and at the Opportunity Development Center in Marshfield today.
"This year, we proclaimed the Year of A Better Bottom Line to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities," Governor Walker said. "Today, I am pleased to announce additional support to prepare more than 200 workers with disabilities for careers across Wisconsin. Not only will this help workers, but with their diverse strengths and skills, it will improve a company's bottom line and spur economic growth."
Press Release | November 13, 2014Read More
Madison – Registration is now open for the eighth annual Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit, December 4-5 in Minocqua. The annual summit provides an opportunity to address the unique challenges and opportunities of Northern Wisconsin’s economy through a forum with the Governor's Cabinet, keynote speakers, and a series of workshops. This year’s agenda includes information on workforce development, technology, and regulatory reform.
"Growing jobs means listening to the needs of employers across the state," said Governor Walker. "That's why we've made workforce development and reforming government top priorities in order to help businesses grow and thrive. I look forward to more productive discussions on how we can continue moving Wisconsin forward, especially in Northern Wisconsin."
Press Release | November 12, 2014Read More