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Governor Walker visits Wasuau to introduce new WEDC CEOSubmitted: 01/31/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


WAUSAU - We hoped to see him Tuesday, but bad weather cancelled Gov. Walkers scheduled stop in Wausau.

Thursday, Walker finally was able to make it.

The new executive Director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation came along.

Reed Hall was appointed CEO of the WEDC Tuesday.

Hall previously was the executive director at Marshfield Clinic.

He hopes his new opportunity will move the state forward and create jobs.

"We're going to concentrate in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation- expanding businesses, nurturing existing businesses, nurturing start-up companies, certainly looking for companies to transfer here from out of state," said Hall.

Some of those jobs in the Northwoods might be in jeopardy.

Governor Walker said today he plans to follow up with Wausau Paper.

The company announced earlier this month they were selling three of their plants, including one in Rhinelander.

"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that's a strong base here in Wisconsin. It's not only through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, but through the department of work force and other state agencies and we can play an active role," said Governor Walker.

Hall adds that he's ready to work with other state agencies to build economic development in areas like the Northwoods.


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