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Leaders highlighted how the bipartisan infrastructure bill was able to help Wisconsin meet its workforce goals.

FICHBURG (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers joined local leaders in Fitchburg on Wednesday to highlight the investments that can be made in the state through the bipartisan federal infrastructure bill and the Inflation Reduction Act.

They met and toured the International Federation of Painters’ training facility.

The mayors of Green Bay, Madison, Appleton, Racine, and Sheboygan joined Evers, Wisconsin Voter Preservation, the Wisconsin Citizens Movement, and the BlueGreen Coalition at the event.

“This is a great opportunity to connect with local officials, environmental advocates, and business partners, among other key stakeholders, to discuss and collaborate on how best to leverage federal resources coming into our state to help us meet our clean energy and workforce needs and goals,” said Governor Evers. .

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway spoke about the investments that have already been made, including funding for the Bus Rapid Transit plan.

“These infrastructure improvements are accompanied by well-paying union jobs, from the union line workers who will build the BRT system to the staff members who will operate it,” she said.

The group also participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Public Services Commission.

According to a press release from the BlueGreen Alliance, these agencies will oversee the implementation of several federally funded programs.