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Walker appoints Tim Sullivan to business post

As part of his “Wisconsin Working” initiative, Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Tim Sullivan to serve as a special consultant for business and workforce development for the state of Wisconsin.

Sullivan, the former president and CEO of Bucyrus International, will help develop workforce strategies to address the “skills gap” between available jobs and the skills of people looking for work. The state is looking to close that gap by working with manufacturing employers, technical colleges, and people who have filed for unemployment.

Sullivan also will help identify barriers to business development and job growth, and help identify business prospects for expansion and relocation to Wisconsin.

“Tim’s private sector experience, especially in manufacturing, will be a great asset for our state’s policy development.” Walker said in a press release.

In addition to serving as a special consultant, Sullivan will head up the Office of Business Development, and serve as Chairman of the Council on Workforce Investment.

Paul Jadin, CEO/secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., said Sullivan would play a key role in integrating education and workforce training with economic development resources.

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