(State Capitol, Madison)… The Wisconsin State Senate is continuing their focus on encouraging job creation and economic development by engaging entrepreneurs and employers in developing policy and innovative ideas for growth. As part of this initiative, the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Commerce has scheduled a number of economic development roundtables around the state, including a roundtable in western Wisconsin on October 12th in Menomonie.
“These roundtables are intended to provide an opportunity for us to hear directly from small businesses, employers, and those involved in local economic development,” said State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). “The feedback from those creating and working to grow jobs and local economies is vital in our efforts to continue making Wisconsin a great place to start or grow a business.”
As a result of the Legislature’s focus on jobs and the economy, Wisconsin’s business climate has improved dramatically under several national rankings, including an increase from 29th in 2010 to 15th in 2015 according to CNBC’s ranking of best places to start or grow a business. Additionally, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.5% from over 8% in 2010 and has been consistently below the national average. There have been over 38,000 new business filings made with the state since 2011.
“The improving jobs figures and economic conditions in Wisconsin are encouraging, but we need to continue to look at how we can do better as we compete with other states and countries for jobs and investments,” Harsdorf continued. “By working with small businesses and those that best know the economies of our local communities, I look forward to advancing legislative proposals and reforms that will provide for family supporting jobs.”
This latest jobs initiative builds on the prior efforts and ongoing work of the State Legislature to encourage job growth and investment in Wisconsin. In response to feedback from small business owners and entrepreneurs, legislation has been enacted to address the skills gap and improve worker training opportunities, reduce regulatory red tape, and encourage private capital investment.
“I look forward to collaborating with the diverse group of main street businesses, manufacturers, and employers that will be participating in this effort,” stated Harsdorf. “I encourage those with thoughts or ideas on growing our economy to contact my office by phone at 608-266-7745 or 1-800-862-1092 or by e-mail at Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov.”