Wisconsin DWD Secretary Gassman Announces $250,000 Grant To Help Develop
Madison, WI (CompNewsNetwork) -
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman today
announced a $250,000 U.S. Department of Labor Regional Innovation Grant that will assist 10
northwest Wisconsin counties in generating interstate economic renewal and job creation
strategies in partnership with Minnesota.
“This grant will help foster the economic renewal and job creation goals shared by
Wisconsin and Minnesota,” Secretary Gassman said. “By analyzing the region's industry and
infrastructure, we can better anticipate future economic changes and resulting worker
movement, while planning for job growth opportunities well into the future.”
The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic
Development's Workforce Partnership Division, and DWD will collaborate in efforts to serve
affected workers in the 10 Wisconsin counties.
DWD will work with the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board to monitor the
implementation of the grant to ensure that it is consistent with Governor Doyle's Grow
Wisconsin – The Next Steps plan. The grant resources will assist in making better
connections with economic development and other key partners to develop strategies to move
the economy of Northwest Wisconsin forward.
The project includes the Wisconsin counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas,
Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn and the Minnesota counties of Aitkin,
Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.
Regional Innovation Grants are drawn from National Emergency Grant funds to assist state
workforce agencies and local workforce investment boards, as well as their key partners, in
the design and development of comprehensive and strategic regional plans focused on talent
development that is aligned with the demands of the 21st century economy.
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and
are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information
on National Emergency Grants, visit www.doleta.gov/NEG.