Following Friday, April 11, 2014 monthly meeting of the West Central Wisconsin WorkforceDevelopment Board, a federally sanctioned task force that supports statewide workforce development activities, I had the opportunity of mediating the Second Annual West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Legislative Issues Forum in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The forum gave attendees the chance to discuss questions regarding workforce, education and economic development matters with local legislators.
Those legislators included Representative Thomas Larson (R-Colfax), Representative John Murtha (R-Baldwin), Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), Representative Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and staff representing Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wausau) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison). Also in attendance were the West Central Wisconsin County Boards’ Consortium, the Workforce Resource Inc. Board and the Youth Council (a sub-committee of the Workforce Development Board).
My work at Realityworks and with the IWNC has given me great insight into the value of business and industry collaboration. Any opportunity to engage our legislators regarding workforce development is one more chance to address the Skills Gap in our area and nationwide.