Saluting Our Veterans
It's not too late to call your favorite veterans and wish them a happy Veterans Day!
I spent Wednesday calling Wisconsinites who've served to thank them for our freedom. You'd be surprised at how a simple phone can sometimes mean a great deal to someone who has been willing to sacrifice so much. I swung by the service at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus to celebrate and honor the student veterans who designed and orchestrated the school's salute to vets. I was impressed with their ambition and leadership and urged each one to STAY IN WISCONSIN upon graduation. We need the talents of bright veterans who understand the chain of command, chain of supply, leadership, followership and being on time every time. Veterans are a valuable talent resource.
The evening of Veterans Day, I dropped by Christ Church in Mequon before they screened the Honor Flight documentary. I shared my favorite verse of my favorite hymn: The Battle Hymn of the Republic. I often tell the story of the writing of the lyrics, and recite these powerful words, sung by Union Civil War soldiers about their fight for a free and equal America:
In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me,
As he died to make men holy let us live to make men free,
As God is marching on.
May God richly bless our veterans, this week and always.
I am excited when people embrace Milwaukee, our biggest city, as the WI opportunity with the biggest potential. When you have that populous a city, you have that many chances for success. I saw successes-in-the-making this week at the Amani neighborhood COA Goldin Community Center when I met these happy preschoolers.
But I also met the hard-working champions of collaboration who are forging relationships between healthcare, public education, and not-for-profit Children's Outing Association (COA) to help kids and adult neighbors alike reach their American dreams. At the African-American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon a few hours later, I applauded the entrepreneurs and innovators already living their American dreams, and encouraged them to mentor those who may want to follow in their footsteps. There are troubles yet to be solved in Milwaukee: on that, everyone agrees. But there are also wonderful solutions being employed every day, and those deserve attention, too.
Skills gap pinch
In Jefferson County, hundreds turned out to talk economic development with our new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO, Mark Hogan, the head of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Kurt Bauer, and me.
I was thrilled to see students, business leaders, and retirees all sharing breakfast together, asking good questions about the future of our economy. The pressing question of the day? Solving the Skills Gap. I stressed our Career and Academic plans for 6th-12th graders to help WI students understand the careers that exist in our state, and the pay scales and academic requirements that come with each. I also sent people to our favorite free job search website, www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com.