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Gov. Walker will address the New North meeting on Friday, in Green Bay.
Walker To Discuss Skills Gap, Tax Credits At Business Summit In Green Bay
By Patty Murray
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 3:39pm
Business owners from across northeastern Wisconsin will be in Green Bay Friday for the tenth annual “New North Summit.” Gov. Scott Walker will address the meeting's theme of closing the skills gap and creating jobs.
New North, Inc. is a not-for-profit business marketing and development group that represents companies in 18 Wisconsin counties.
At its annual meeting, Walker is scheduled to discuss the “skills gap.” Earlier this week, he spoke of measures the state has passed to help job growth. Among those is a production tax credit, which will amount to $360 million over four years. Critics, however, call it a “giveaway” to the wealthy.
The governor also touted the new “Wisconsin Fast Forward” program which provides training for workers, including those in construction.
“We know [construction is] one of the areas that has the most rapid growth,” Walker said. “Last year alone building permits were up more than 10.5 percent. That's a great sign for the future. A lot of times you think of a recession, oftentimes construction is the last-in and the last-out of a recession. The building permits are up by that much: that's a great sign going forward.”
One of Walker's campaign promises was to create 250,000 private sector jobs in his first term. Statistics show he is behind pace. “We've got a little more than a year left before 2015,” Walker said. “We're still focused on doing that. We understand that ultimately we're not the ones that create the jobs. Employers do.”
During Friday's NEW North Summit, the governor is expected to tell talk about how the production tax credit has worked in Wisconsin. This is the first year it has been in effect.