Industry and Sector Strategies


Industry and sector insights drive our ability to create solutions that get results. Industry and sector partnerships allow for industry-led dialogue to address the critical workforce needs of employers and generate coordinated solutions that benefits business and workers. We’re building and nurturing partnerships with government, education and training providers, workforce development, labor, and community organizations to focus on the workforce needs of an industry within our region. These partnerships aim to help key workforce stakeholders to devise and implement a workforce plan that addresses both short and long-term talent and skills gaps.

Construction worker on work siteWe will continue to invest in targeted workforce development strategies to better prepare, build and maintain a skilled workforce for the region’s driver industries and sectors of: Construction; Manufacturing; and, Health Care. Additionally, we’ll invest in strategies to support industry groupings of Professional, Scientific and Technical Skills; Finance and Insurance; Information; and Management of Companies and Enterprises as a sector of combined industries; and, Tourism, as a driver sector.

Accommodation and Food Services

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Biotechnology and Life Sciences

The bioscience and biotechnology industry is a diverse and rapidly growing sector that is contributing significantly to national, state and regional economies, including that of South Central Wisconsin. The sector recorded continuous employment growth over the past decade, with 1.42 million jobs in the United States, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s 2010 State Bioscience Initiatives Report.The same report declared that Wisconsin has experienced industry growth in specialized areas including agricultural feedstock and chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, and medical research and development. Significant employment gains were made across the State, with a reported 24,964 jobs in the biotechnology sector in 2008, up 15.8% since 2001. Biotechnology establishments were also seen on the rise, with 752 companies stationed in Wisconsin in 2008, up 28.4% from 2001. The biotechnology sector is making its presence know throughout South Central Wisconsin, offering high wages, and a bigger value-add to the regional economy. According to Thrive’s 2009 Biotechnology Sector SnapShot publication, biotechnology adds $1.74 billion to the regional economy, up 31.4% from 2003 to 2006, outpacing productivity growth in all other industries combined. Learn more


Construction is the largest single industry in the United States. It is an industry that will require a larger and more sophisticated work force. Predictions are that the numbers of women and minorities in the skilled trades will rise dramatically as the current workforce retires. One of construction’s greatest challenges will be competing with other industries for a limited supply of qualified workers. Learn more

Finance and Insurance

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Healthcare and Social Assistance

The demand for health care services will continue to increase as our population grows and as we live longer. Advances in technology allow health care professionals to prevent, diagnose, and manage health and illness better than ever before, but they are creating challenges for society and the health care industry itself. As a result, health care organizations need an ever increasing workforce with ever increasing skills. Between 2006 and 2016, the Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development projects an employment increase of 3.9% for the health care sector in a span of just two years, which is over twice the rate of the increase for all industries combined. Learn more


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Management of Companies and Enterprises

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Manufacturing is a vital component of Wisconsin’s economy and accounts for approximately 500,000 jobs. This sector faces challenges including rapid technological change, an aging workforce and foreign competition. Keeping and building a robust manufacturing base is critical to the health of Wisconsin’s economy. Now more than ever, Wisconsin’s manufacturers are competing directly with manufacturers throughout the world. In order to remain competitive in this economy, Wisconsin manufacturers must continue to become leaner, more efficient and more innovative and tap into the talent pipeline for economic success. Learn more

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

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Tourism (Accommodation and Food Services)

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