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Walker talks jobs with cranberry farmers

 By Anna Carrera - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Governor Scott Walker said his plan has always revolved around jobs and now he says he's putting his plan into action. Cranberry enthusiasts, who gathered for a convention, listened to some of his ideas on Tuesday.

Walker hasn't even been in office a month yet, but he said the progress his cabinet has made so far show their commitment to stimulating Wisconsin's economy.

"Literally every day of every week for the next four years, we're going to be focused on jobs," said Governor Walker.

When he spoke with cranberry growers in Stevens Point on Tuesday, he emphasized the fact that the state is "open for business."

"I think he's really gaining ground and getting opportunities for us at a fast pace and that's what we need," said Nodji Van Wychen, a cranberry grower.

Local growers said they're excited to see what the future of the state has in store for them. Already the nation's number one cranberry producer, Wisconsin's fruit industry continues to grow. And with more work to be done, more workers will be able to find jobs.

"As business grows we need more employees to help us carry out our programs," said Van Wychen.

Walker plans to speak with President Obama on Wednesday and the governor said he's excited to see his state on the President's list of places to visit so soon after his State of the Union address.

"I think it shows just how important Wisconsin is, not only politically, but I think how important Wisconsin is to the nation and the global economy," said Walker.

Walker said cranberry exports to China and other places around the world have been on the rise, which should help with his goal to create a quarter of a million new jobs during his term in office. Even though he knows he needs to be realistic about the challenges he faces, Walker said he's optimistic about the future of Wisconsin's economy.

"The best way to be green is to make something, save green or make green off of it," said Walker. "If you can make profit or save money along the way, to me that's much better than a government mandate."

Walker emphasized the combination of preserving Wisconsin's natural resources and also promoting the local economies. He said by doing both, Wisconsin can lead, instead of follow, as the nation digs its way out of the recession.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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