WEDC wants to persuade Gov.-elect Evers to keep agency afloat

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MADISON (WKOW) — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is trying to persuade Gov.-elect Tony Evers to keep their agency. Evers said earlier this week he will attempt to get rid of the corporation.

WEDC Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun says they believe one of Evers top priorities to increase workforce development. She says she hopes Evers will see the importance of the agency.

“I think when we have a chance to talk to the transition team we hope they see the value in this as well,” said Braun.

WEDC is a public-private jobs industry that works with partners around Wisconsin to boost the state’s workforce. However, that could end soon if Evers dissolves the agency, which was created by Governor Scott Walker in 2011.

”My goal during the transition is to make sure Governor-elect Evers and his transition team have a full understanding of the type of work WEDC is doing throughout the state,” said WEDC CEO Mark Hogan. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect Evers to better understand his priorities and how he can build off of what is already a strong foundation for economic development.”

On the campaign trail, Evers expressed the agency should be part of the state government rather than public-private partnerships. His transition team confirmed they do have plans to meet with WEDC before the inauguration scheduled for January 7th.

Meanwhile, GOP leaders in the statehouse are trying to reduce Evers’ ability to appoint members to certain boards and minimize his ability to undo agreements with WEDC. Republicans’ plans are slated to occur during the lame-duck session.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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