Wisconsin is grappling with structural workforce shortages that cannot be addressed with out significantly increasing the number of workers and potential workers coming into and staying in the State. There is an urgency to addressing this need now because current and projected workforce shortages have already and will continue to erode state and local tax bases, complicating State and local government efforts to provide the public services, infrastructure, and quality of life needed to support credible, successful marketing, recruitment and retention efforts.

• private sector driven;
• focused on the structural and systemic root causes of Wisconsin’s workforce shortages, including low inmigration, declining birth and workforce participation rates and eroding tax bases;
• will complement rather than replicate, duplicate or compete with current local, regional or state efforts;
• recognizes the urgency of the situation and will produce specific, actionable bold systemic recommendations in 2018. 

• Development of a realistic and actionable set of root-cause strategies to increase in-migration to Wisconsin of workers and potential workers between the ages of 18 and 35 at a rate that will address or surpass the state’s current and projected shortage needs.
• Design and implementation of root-cause strategies that make Wisconsin a competitive player in the recruitment and retention of younger workers by prioritizing:
   • encouraging, augmenting and supporting existing best-practice local and regional workforce recruitment and retention efforts;
   • filling existing jobs (i.e., creating taxpayers) as well as creating jobs (i.e., creating new opportunities);
   • linking strategies to strategically targeted workforce needs and opportunities (e.g., manufacturing, IT, food processing), including the opportunity driven, workforce dependent crises (e.g., FoxConn and affordable housing);
   • leveraging recruitment and retention efforts in support of community, tax-base, and infrastructure development and redevelopment; and,
   • recognizing the need to enhance Wisconsin’s ability to grapple with and benefit from new technologies and the modern economy.

• Professional strategically targeted research.
• Production of four “Case Studies” focused on the structural issues and the capacity of: 1) the private sector; 2) the State; 3) the educational infrastructure; and 4) local and regional economic, community and workforce professionals to effect meaningful, impactful change.
• A digitally driven opportunity for corporate and institutional executives to engage with and comment on the research, findings and strategies being considered.
• Establishment of, and robust collaborative with, nine Regional Cluster Councils comprised of representatives from the major employer clusters in each of Wisconsin’s regional economic development entities who will engage with and comment on the research, findings and strategies being considered.
• Professional strategically targeted research.