State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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400 Jobs Coming to Southeastern WI

On Thursday, March 23, I joined Representative Samantha Kerkman, Governor Scott Walker, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, and Pleasant Prairie Village President John Steinbrink to announce German Candy Manufacturer HARIBO will be opening its first North American factory in Pleasant Prairie.

The project  will be completed in 2020 in time for HARIBO's 100th anniversary. It is HARIBO’s first North American production facility and one of the largest investments of new operations by an overseas company in Wisconsin history. When completed, the facility will be one of the largest in the confectionary industry. 

This announcement means over 400 high-paying jobs coming to our area, and shows that our strong economic environment is paying off. I am proud to welcome HARIBO to southeastern Wisconsin, and look forward to this illustrious company adding to our already thriving community.

The good economic news just keeps coming as this adds to a string of recent jobs announcements. In fact, in the past three years, we've added 8,000 new jobs in Kenosha County alone and a billion dollars in new economic development. Great news!

Wisconsin's Economy in Best Shape Since 2000

There is even more good news to share this week - Wisconsin's economy is officially in the best shape since the year 2000.  

This week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that Wisconsin's unemployment rate continues to decline, and was down to 3.7% in February. This is the lowest unemployment rate since Bill Clinton was President and Tommy Thompson was Governor in November of 2000! The unemployment rate has fallen almost 55% since I first took office. 

Data also shows Wisconsin added 7,600 private sector jobs last month, according to initial estimates, and more people are working in Wisconsin than ever before. This is just one more reason to be proud that we live in this great state, and I look forward to continuing to help grow and strengthen Wisconsin's economy.

In the Capitol

On Tuesday, March 21, Representative Kerkman and I met with constituents to talk about issues that are facing disabled individuals. The group came up to take part in Disability Advocacy Day, and I appreciated the opportunity to hear about specific challenges and talk about how we can resolve them. 

On Wednesday, March 22, Jeff Clark, Ed Drewitz and Rick Teklics stopped by from the Carpenters & Millwrights Local 161. We had a good discussion on areas of mutual concern that would help to expand training for individuals entering the skilled labor force. I look forward to touring the Carpenters' training center sometime in the near future.

On Wednesday, March 22, I had the opportunity to meet with Walter and Susan Davis from Safe Harbour Homes in Sturtevant, and Crystal Miller and Carin Schultz from Frontida Assisted Living when they came up for the Assisted Living Lobby Day. This great group came to talk about how assisted living facilities serve our area and some of the challenges they face. 
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Van with DSPS Secretary Laura Gutierrez

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Local Events

2017 Spring Craft Fair
Borzynski's Farm and Floral Market

11600 Washington Ave., Mt. Pleasant
March 24 - 26

Sugar Bush Family Field Trip
River Bend Nature Center
3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia
March 25, 10 am - noon

Kids & Family Expo
Rec Plex
9900 Terwall Ter., Pleasant Prairie
March 25, 9 am - 3 pm

Pancake Breakfast
Kenosha Moose Lodge
3003 30th Ave., Kenosha

April 2, 8 am - 1 pm

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

If you would like to add an event to the Local Events calendar, please send information to: Colleen.Moran@legis.wi.gov
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