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Governor Walker attended the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting to highlight Wisconsin’s booming economy and historically low unemployment rate. He rode a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King into VISIT Milwaukee’s annual meeting to highlight Milwaukee’s thriving tourism industry. And, the Governor honored Wisconsin’s fallen law enforcement officers at the 28th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony and declared May 9, 2018 as State Employee Recognition Day.


1. Developing Wisconsin’s Workforce

Governor Walker promoted Wisconsin’s booming economy and a historically low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent at Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting in Rhinelander. Grow North is an economic development organization spanning eight counties: Forest, Florence, Marinette, Lincoln, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas counties. The organization works to promote economic development and business intelligence throughout the region.

In a statement, Governor Walker said:

“With unemployment at a historic low and more people working in our state than ever before, it makes workforce development even more important—we cannot afford to have anyone on the sidelines. Each county in the Grow North region has seen unemployment fall over the last year. We are working together to keep improving our state’s economy, developing our workforce further, preparing students for the future, and creating family-sustaining jobs.”

To help Wisconsin’s northern counties expand further economically, Governor Walker has invested in Fab Labs in schools, broadband grant programs, welfare reform statewide, and grant programs to help businesses grow.


2. Wisconsin’s Tourism Industry is Booming

Riding into VISIT Milwaukee’s annual meeting on a 2018 Harley-Davidson Road King, Governor Walker highlighted Milwaukee’s growing tourism industry and the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, which will be celebrated in Milwaukee over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – September 2, 2018.

Milwaukee County had an increase in direct visitor spending of 3.07% in 2017, accounting for nearly $60 million additional dollars. The tourism industry throughout Wisconsin continues to show stable, long-term growth according to Tourism Economics’ recently-released economic impact figures. Last year’s visitor volumes in Wisconsin topped 110 million visits, an increase of 17.5 million, compared to 92.5 million in 2011.


3.  State Exports are Up


4. Honoring Wisconsin’s Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Governor Walker honored Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers this week at the 28th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on the State Capitol grounds, during which he presented a wreath on behalf of the people of Wisconsin to honor those who gave their lives in the service of others.

“Wisconsin’s law enforcement officers are on the frontlines every day working to protect our families in every corner of Wisconsin,” said Governor Walker. “Today and every day we should thank our officers for putting the communities they serve above themselves and working to keep our state safe. We stand in full support of our officers and their families.”

He also declared May 13-19 as Police Week throughout the State of Wisconsin.


5.  Wishing Moms a Happy Mother’s Day

Governor Walker released the following statement wishing Wisconsin mothers a happy Mother’s Day:

“Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in Wisconsin. Special thank you to my mom Pat Walker for all of the love and devotion she shared with me and my brother David.  And thank you to the mother of our sons - my wife Tonette - for raising two amazing young men. We are grateful to all of the amazing moms in Wisconsin today - as we should be every day. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Governor Walker issued a proclamation declaring May 13, 2018 as Mother’s Day throughout the state.


6. Thanking Wisconsin State Employees

Governor Walker declared May 9, 2018 as State Employee Recognition Day and released the following video thanking Wisconsin state employees.