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July 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Private Sector Participation Sought at WEDA’s Fall Convening

The workforce development challenge facing our state is mission critical to economic development, workforce development, educational institutions, municipalities and the private sector. During a recent conversation with a business owner discussing the challenges of today’s labor market, he simply stated, “I mean businesses can’t grow if we can’t find people.” So if businesses can’t grow, the growth of tax base, which is the lifeblood for all levels of government, will also be impacted.

Join WEDA and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association as we co-host the Fall Conference, "Convening on Talent - Training, Attraction and Retention." This will not be the typical fall conference, rather it is designed to quickly gather, develop and react to partnership and legislative recommendations through a grassroots understanding of the workforce challenges.

On Thursday, September 28, attendees will participate in facilitated sessions on how different occupations are critical to the success of our state’s economic future. These sectors can be managed to drive collaboration on different solutions. In addition, the Council on Workforce Investment will participate and focus on gathering information for their future strategic plan on statewide strategies.


On the morning of September 29, the sessions will be more of a traditional conference, but with a focus on retention of talent in communities and for employers.

WEDA will unveil its fall legislative proposals on workforce development tools, which focus on providing flexible tools to the private sector to advance solutions to talent management challenges.

These legislative proposals and the results of Thursday’s private sector convening will be heard at a joint hearing of the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development and Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues. The focus is to advance policies that truly help businesses with their talent management strategies.

WEDA needs your help in gaining private sector participation to fully garner the support of businesses on the new workforce development tools that will be proposed during the fall session.

- Brian Doudna, Executive Director


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