Walker appoints Sullivan as special consultant

    Gov. Scott Walker announced today that as part of his ongoing “Wisconsin Working” initiatives, former Bucyrus International Inc. CEO Tim Sullivan has agreed to serve as a special consultant for Business and Workforce Development for the state of Wisconsin.
    “We are thrilled that Tim has agreed to serve Wisconsin as we continue our work of growing jobs and improving our workforce,” Walker said.  “Tim’s private sector experience, especially in manufacturing will be a great asset for our state’s policy development.”
    Job creators from all across Wisconsin have identified a skills gap between the jobs they have available and the workers applying to fill them.
    As Special Consultant for Business and Workforce Development, Sullivan will be help identify barriers to business development and job growth in Wisconsin.  He will focus especially on workforce, employment environment and policy issues.  He will also help identify and cultivate business prospects for expansion and relocation to Wisconsin.
    Sullivan also will head up the Office of Business Development, serve as chairman of the Council on Workforce Investment and as member of the College and Workforce Readiness Council.  Sullivan is serving the state as a volunteer.
    “Gov. Walker is addressing one of the biggest challenges to economic development – the capability and availability of our workforce,” said Paul Jadin, CEO and secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “Tim Sullivan will play an important role in integrating the education and workforce training infrastructure with economic development resources.”
    For the moment, the appointment ends speculation that Sullivan might consider running for public office in Wisconsin.
    – BizTimes Milwaukee

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