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Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation

Chair: Rep. Pat Strachota
Vice Chair: Sen. Robert Wirch
Legislative Council Staff:  Jessica Karls-Ruplinger and Chadwick Brown
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The Special Committee is directed to study and make recommendations to promote strategic development of high-wage jobs and an educated and skilled workforce in the state by doing the following: (a) examining methods to promote green jobs and industries utilizing solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass technologies, including technologies for converting farm wastes to energy. In this examination, analyze current and potential incentives to encourage investment in research, development, commercialization, and use of these technologies and the development and retention of an educated and skilled workforce in these industries; (b) identifying industry and knowledge sectors with the greatest potential for job growth in the state and recommending steps to align the state’s educational and workforce development programs, tax structure, and economic development initiatives to facilitate the growth of those sectors; and (c) analyzing the adequacy of the state’s physical infrastructure, including access to high-speed Internet services, to support development of targeted industries and overall economic development of the state.

Report to the Legislature
  • Report to the Legislature RL2011-01, Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation (May 4, 2011).
 
Final Report to the Joint Legislative Council (May 4, 2011)
  • Memo to Members of the Special Committee, Council Consideration of Committee Report (April 27, 2011).
  • Report 2011-01, Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation (February 11, 2010).
 
January 12, 2011 (Cancelled)
  • WLC: 0003/1, relating to energy conservation standards for the construction of certain buildings, energy and environmental design standards for state buildings, structures, and facilities, energy and environmental design standards for school district facilities and other local government buildings, leasing of state buildings, structures, and facilities, standards for the construction and use of graywater systems, and granting rule-making authority.
  • WLC: 0026/1, relating to a division of small business in the department of commerce.
  • WLC: 0027/1, relating to loans to small businesses to provide capital for green small businesses or to provide financing to obtain green equipment or technology.
  • WLC: 0042/1, relating to financing of capital expenditures by technical colleges.
  • WLC: 0077/1, relating to encouraging the purchase of food produced in this state and creating goals and a preference in state procurement for food produced in this state.
  • WLC: 0079/1, relating to loans and grants to low-income households for solar hot water systems.
  • Draft letter relating to recommendations of the Special Committee.
November 8, 2010
  • Memo No. 1, Potential Recommendations for Consideration by the Special Committee (November 1, 2010).
  • Handout distributed at the request of Public Member Todd Timmerman.
  • Handout, Western Kentucky School District Shows That Going Green Conserves Energy and Money, distributed at the request of Public Member Todd Timmerman.
  • Presentation by Joe Prazak, Director of Business Development, Bock Water Heaters, Inc. (November 8, 2010).
September 23, 2010
  • Map to Gateway Technical College, Horizon Center, Kenosha, WI.
  • List of restaurants near the Horizon Center.
  • Presentation by Michael A. Lanser, President, Lakeshore Technical College, and Randy Zogbaum, Education Director, Wisconsin Technical College System (September 23, 2010).
  • Presentation Where is GeoExchange in Wisconsin, by Tom Niesen, Instructor, Renewable Energy, Gateway Technical College (September 23, 2010).
  • Presentation, Certifications at Gateway, by Bob Braun, Instructor, Automotive Technician, Gateway Technical College.
August 25, 2010
  • Presentation, Putting Wisconsin Back to Work, presented by JoAnna Richard, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) (August 24, 2010).
    • Handout, Industry Partnership Grants by GROW Region (2009-2010) (August 26, 2010).
    • Website links provided by DWD.
  • Presentation, Wisconsin Economic Development Programs, presented by Zach Brandon, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce.
  • Presentation, Strategic Job Creation Efforts by the University of Wisconsin System, presented by Rebecca Martin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin System, and Carlos Santiago, Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee.
    • Handout, A Growth Agenda for Wisconsin, presented by Rebecca Martin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin System.
    • Testimony of Rebecca Martin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, UW System.
    • Testimony of Carlos Santiago, Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Presentation, Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation, presented by Dennis Winters, Office of Economic Advisors, DWD (August 25, 2010).
  • Presentation, Supporting Strategic Job Creation, presented by Dan Clancy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System (August 23, 2010).
  • Handout distributed by Michael Potts, President and Chief Operating Officer, Orion Energy Systems, Inc.