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Walker Administration Appoints Citizens to Council on Workforce InvestmentSubmitted: 05/10/2013
Story By Lex Gray

Walker Administration Appoints Citizens to Council on Workforce Investment
WAUSAU - Governor Walker made a big promise when he took office: 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term.

But that's not something he can accomplish alone.

The Walker administration re-established the Council on Workforce Investment.

The council is made up of private citizens like Kent Olson of Wausau.

Olson owns a tire and auto shop.

"I believe strongly that workforce needs and the needs of our community can be collaboratively aligned with business," Olson said. "I've been very motivated in trying to be involved in that."

Council members advise the governor and the Department of Workforce Development on how to use federal funds to create jobs.

Olson served on the council under three previous governors - but what does he expect from Walker?

"The economy itself is a little bit of a bump in whether we can hire new jobs in the business community," Olson said. "But certainly, I believe the initiatives that are undergoing with the Walker administration at this point in time are positive, and the alignment of the workforce council should help us achieve some of those goals."

The Council is expected to meet for the first time in May.

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