Press Releases


  • Governor Scott Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed September as Workforce Development Month.  The month highlights the state’s workforce development programs that provide Wisconsin workers and students with the tools they need to obtain family-supporting jobs that contribute to bolstering Wisconsin’s economy.

    “Workforce Development Month is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our success in bridging the skills gap,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “While we’ve made great strides, our work is not yet complete. The key to Wisconsin’s continued success lies in a strong and talented workforce.  As we continue to invest in workforce development programs, we will target areas where the skills gap still exists, and ensure that employers are able to hire Wisconsin workers who are equipped with the skills they need to succeed.”

    Press Release | September 2, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement Congratulating Oshkosh Corporation

    Madison – Governor Walker today released the following statement congratulating Oshkosh Corporation for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract awarded them by the U.S. Army:

    “Oshkosh Corporation has a rich history of innovation and dedication to excellence and is a true partner to the state and our military.  On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate them on being awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract by the U.S. Army.   This announcement is a testament to their hard work, and it will lead to quality, family-supporting jobs and continued economic growth while providing important support to the men and women who protect our great nation.”

    Press Release | August 26, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on WEDC CEO Retirement Announcement

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker the following statement regarding Reed Hall’s announcement that he will be retiring from his position as Secretary/CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC):

    “I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to Reed for his service to the state of Wisconsin through his sound leadership at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  Reed has overseen a transformational period at WEDC with a steady hand.  Under Reed’s guidance, WEDC strengthened its accountability and transparency to taxpayers, improving the public trust, while moving forward the important work of developing economic opportunity for families all around our state.  I wish Reed and his family the best in their next phase as he retires from his role at WEDC.”

    Press Release | August 25, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Kentucky Elk Released into Wisconsin Wild

    Madison – Twenty-three elk transported to Wisconsin from Kentucky as part of a plan to restore Wisconsin’s elk population are now free to roam the Black River State Forest in Jackson County.  The gates to a seven-acre acclimation pen are open, allowing the elk to roam as they please. 

    “We have reached another milestone in our efforts to reintroduce elk to Wisconsin,” said Governor Walker.  “The release of these elk marks a successful first year of a multi-year effort to establish a new elk herd in Jackson County and the Clam Lake area.  A healthy and thriving herd will not only enhance our wildlife resources, positively impact tourism, and ultimately grow our economy. “

    Press Release | August 24, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Appoints Portage County Judge

    Madison – Today Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of attorney Robert Shannon to the Portage County Circuit Court bench.  Shannon will fill the seat previously held by Judge John Finn. 

    “Robert Shannon is an excellent candidate to serve as Portage County judge,” said Governor Walker.  “He has demonstrated not only a long history of service to the Portage County community, but also a strong dedication to the fundamental Constitutional principles that should serve as the foundation for every judge across the state and nation.”

    Press Release | August 24, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Judge

    Madison – Today Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of attorney Michelle Ackerman Havas to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court bench.  Havas will fill the seat previously held by Judge Rebecca Bradley.

    “Michelle Ackerman Havas is a highly-respected and well-qualified to serve the community in her new position on the bench,” said Governor Walker.  “Her experience and firm commitment to the rule of law will make her a valuable addition the Milwaukee County judiciary.”

    Press Release | August 24, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Staff Promotions

    Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff promotions:

    Rich Zipperer – Chief of Staff

    Jocelyn Webster – Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications

    Cindy Polzin – Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs

    Matt Moroney – Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

    Katie Ignatowski – Chief Legal Counsel

    Current Chief of Staff Eric Schutt is leaving the administration to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.  As was previously announced, current Chief Legal Counsel Brian Hagedorn has been appointed Court of Appeals Judge for District II. 

    “As we enter a new chapter in my administration, I am confident the experience and commitment of these key staff members will lead to a seamless transition as we continue our work to reform government, cut taxes, and build a better Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said.  “I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude to Eric.  He will be greatly missed.  Eric has always displayed great integrity and strength in leadership and is an inspiring force for all of us, as we work to transform our vision to reality.  He is highly-respected, solution-oriented, and a great example of what it means to be an exceptional leader.  We were lucky to have him on our team since I was first elected Governor.”

    Press Release | August 21, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announce today $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship (YA) grant awards to 32 regional consortiums to sustain and expand local, in-demand training opportunities for approximately 2,500 high school students across Wisconsin for the 2015-16 school year.

    “As I travel throughout the State of Wisconsin, I consistently hear from employers, especially those in high-demand fields such as manufacturing, that they have jobs, but don’t have enough skilled workers to fill their open positions,” Governor Walker said.  “Investing in the Youth Apprenticeship program is an important step towards ensuring that Wisconsin’s workforce continues to grow and develop, and that the youth of today possess the skills necessary to obtain family-supporting jobs in a high-demand field tomorrow.”

    Press Release | August 20, 2015

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  • ICYMI: Milwaukee, San Francisco Rank High in Manufacturing Job Growth

    Madison – Milwaukee and San Francisco rank highest in the nation in manufacturing job growth, according to an analysis by Wanted AnalyticsWanted Analytics compared hiring data, including job ads, from April to June 2015 for 350 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine its rankings.

    If you're going by winter weather patterns or links of bratwurst eaten per capita, Milwaukee and San Francisco probably don't have much in common. But if you're comparing growth in manufacturing jobs over last year, they're practically BFFs.

    Press Release | August 14, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker Host Gift of Life Medal Ceremony

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker hosted the 23rd annual Gift of Life Medal Ceremony at the Executive Residence today.

    “The choice to save lives in the midst of enormous loss is an incredibly selfless one, and I’m proud to say Wisconsinites are among the most generous in the nation,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “The hundreds of lives saved by the family members of people here today is a reminder of how valuable those selfless acts are.”

    Press Release | August 14, 2015

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