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Bay Area Workforce Development Board announces partnership to combat NE Wisconsin labor shortage

Posted at 11:27 PM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 00:27:56-04

The Bay Area Workforce Development Board announced a partnership with local organizations to address a labor shortage in Northeast Wisconsin.

Leaders say their 'Hidden Talent' initiative will use $1.6 million administered by the state to connect with area populations identified as chronically unemployed or marginally employed.

"If folks are looking to improve their employment situation however that is, get connected," Bay Area WDB Executive Director Matt Valiquette said. "This workforce board is committed to a significant amount of resources to do just that, and we're hinging this entire initiative on creating meaningful partnerships with these community-based organizations."

The development board says it will target those disconnected from services that could improve their employment situation.

The organizations will work to bring subsidized training opportunities to those populations, including programs that provide digital literacy education.

Tuesday afternoon, Bay Area Workforce Development hosted a signing event in Green Bay for its new partners. The partnership includes New North, African Heritage, Community Services Agency, We Are HOPE, and Abaxent.