Wisconn Valley Workforce Inclusion and Business Diversity

Wisconsin First is the approach, established by Foxconn and M+W | Gilbane, used for hiring and awarding contracts for the Foxconn project.  It places an emphasis on contracting with and hiring Wisconsin businesses and workers, as well as including a diverse workforce.  When allowable, the state and local partners will also work to meet these goals.

Business Contracting and Inclusion:
60% of business contracting from Wisconsin based businesses
10% of business contracting coming from Racine County
10% of contracts from Minority-, Woman-, and/or Veteran-owned businesses

Workforce Inclusion and Diversity:
70% of work hours from Wisconsin residents, with an emphasis on Racine County residents
10% of work hours from Minority, women, and/or Veterans

Contractors bidding on Wisconn Valley related projects will need to fill out the forms below, as indicated in the bid package materials.

Wisconsin Utilization Plan Form

Wisconsin Inclusion Agreement Form

Apprentice Trainee Enrollment Form

What jobs will Foxconn bring to Wisconsin?

With 13,000 new jobs and a capital investment of $10 billion, Foxconn is a tremendous win for Wisconsin's economy and workforce. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is working closely with local, regional and statewide partners to collaboratively develop a plan to build and strengthen Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

DWD provides job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, while at the same time working with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Recently, Governor Scott Walker announced Wisconsin Career Creator, a comprehensive $20 million initiative aimed at improving educational and training opportunities for Wisconsin’s current and future workforce.  In the 2017 Wisconsin Act 58, $20 million was allocated to DWD for the 2019-21 biennium to support workforce development for electronics manufacturing jobs and to address long-term workforce development.

Wisconsin Career Creator was developed by DWD and has the support of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), University of Wisconsin (UW) System, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU).

Career Creator


Southeast Wisconsin Community Organizations Join DWD and Foxconn to Discuss Opportunities for Wisconsin Workers

MILWAUKEE – Today, approximately 40 representatives of community-based organizations from across Southeast Wisconsin gathered at Job Center Central in Milwaukee to discuss potential collaborations that support a robust talent pipeline for new opportunities in the region's growing economy, including Foxconn's historic $10 billion capital investment in the area.

The 1½-hour discussion provided an opportunity for Department of Workforce Development (DWD) leadership and the state's Strategic Economic Initiatives Director Matt Moroney to provide an update on the programs and services available to Wisconsin workers, and to highlight opportunities provided by the Foxconn project and other employers in the region.

Foxconn's advanced manufacturing complex will be located in southeast Wisconsin and when complete, will employ up to 13,000 workers.

Foxconn Investment Creates Transformational Workforce Opportunities for All Wisconsinites

Guest Column by DWD Secretary Ray Allen

With 13,000 new jobs and a capital investment of $10 billion, Foxconn is a tremendous win for Wisconsin's economy and workforce.

As Wisconsin's incentive package advances through the Legislature and we all prepare for this once-in-a-generation opportunity, I hear the same question time and again: Where will we find the workers?

Thankfully, Governor Walker has made workforce development a top priority and, as his Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), I am proud of the efforts I and my Cabinet colleagues have made in workforce readiness to provide anyone who is able to work with the opportunities to develop skills for good-paying jobs...