WISCONSIN – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited the Green Bay, Kaukauna, and Ozaukee County to highlight investments in the Made in Wisconsin economy, including ones she helped secure through legislation signed into law by President Biden earlier this year.
At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Senator Baldwin met with University leadership, including Chancellor Michael Alexander, to discuss the University’s priorities and learn about the proposed Phoenix Innovation Park and the Cofrin School of Business Financial Literacy programming. The Phoenix Innovation Park is a potential 250-acre addition to the campus that will allow research and instruction in water, advanced manufacturing, and economic development.
In Kaukauna, Senator Baldwin toured the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 400 Training Facility and discussed their federally supported apprenticeship program that provides students with a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced, industry-sanctioned training from the industry’s highest trained instructors. Senator Baldwin has worked to include increased funding for the registered apprenticeship program in appropriations bills, including fighting for $303 million in the upcoming fiscal year 2023 annual appropriations legislation.
Senator Baldwin also hosted in a roundtable discussion with Local 400 members and apprentices about workforce training, including the Baldwin-supported Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which is making historic investments in Wisconsin’s infrastructure and creating family-supporting jobs across the trades. Under the IIJA, Wisconsin is set to receive $841 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state to ensure every community has access to clean, safe drinking water, which the Local 400 is training the next generation of plumbers and steamfitters who will make that investment a reality.
Video footage from Senator Baldwin’s visit can be found here.
In Ozaukee County, Senator Baldwin joined a group of women in agriculture at Dream Apple Farms, a United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value Added Producer grant recipient of $49,500 that was used to better market, distribute, and process their organic, locally-grown apples and products. Senator Baldwin helped include $13 million in the 2022 fiscal year appropriations legislation for the Value Added Producer grant program and is fighting to include the same amount in the upcoming year’s budget. The roundtable discussed how as Chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Senator Baldwin is fighting to ensure the long-term viability of small family farms, support young farmers acquire land, and help rural businesses thrive – including expanding opportunities for women in farming to boost Wisconsin’s agriculture economy.