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Lt. Governor Visits Wausau

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Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is in Wausau for her statewide tour. She's starring in a meeting with local small business owners to learn their concerns about how to create jobs or just keep them in the state.

"We're seeing trends emerge in what people are saying," Kleefisch said.  "Trends like folks saying we're lacking soft skills in the a lot of the new employees. A lot of folks saying in the manufacturing sector they have a graying workforce and they're concerned about filling these jobs."

The meeting was held at North Central Technical College. It was the Lieutenant Governor's eighth stop. The meeting was more of a discussion.

The lieutenant governor will gather the suggestions and take them to Governor Scott Walker. And from there, they can help craft legislation they hope will create jobs.

"They want the tools to create new jobs," Kleefisch said.  "And we want to know the ways to best implement those."

Choosing to meet at north central technical college is symbolic, as business owners are hoping students can be trained for jobs that currently can't be filled.

Jeff Brillhart is the vice president of Norlen Incorporated, a company in Schofield that manufactures metal parts.

"The message here, many of us are hiring, have hired and are looking to hire," Brillhart said. "The challenge is finding the competency and the people to fill these positions."

There is talk of transforming some trade and tech schools to meet specific job needs for areas of the state.

"Getting the workforce today and in the future engaged so that our businesses can continue to grow and provide jobs," said Dave Eckmann, who works for Marathon County Development. "In order for that to happen we need to have a skilled workforce that continually allows employers to move forward."

The Lieutenant Governor will now head to Eau Claire and La Crosse for a meeting next Thursday.

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