The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, in cooperation with Cool Choices and the WI School of Business produced the first and second comprehensive reports on New Technology Jobs for Wisconsin. These reports examine how the state and federal governments are working with the private sector to speed an economic recovery and position Wisconsin as the new technology economic leader it should be.
Most of the data available on new tech jobs is presented at the national level, but most jobs are created at the local level. In order for investment in new technology industries to successfully transform the U.S. economy, investments must be made in communities from Manitowoc to Hudson, and from Ashland to Beloit. As you will see, the economic crisis does have a silver lining, and can be used as an opportunity to transition to a new economy while creating millions of new jobs.
The new technology economy can be one of the engines that help the State (and more broadly, the country) recover from the current recession. The jobs are grounded in our Wisconsin heritage of hard work and great job training, utilizing our extensive manufacturing infrastructure. Wisconsin is already well positioned to be a leader in the new technology economy. We hope these reports jump-start that recognition process. The most recent report looks at how we identify new tech jobs, how we categorize them, and how we count new tech jobs in Wisconsin. We also make some broad projections of the economic impact of new tech jobs and the industries that will lead the new technology economy. Finally, we will offer some of the most up to date information about initiatives for creating new tech jobs and the training programs necessary to fill them.