Wisconsin designated as the first Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone

Posted on Jun 6, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
Kennedy Krause
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated Wisconsin as the nation’s first Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ).

MSEEZs seek to reduce the impact of military spouse unemployment and underemployment on military families. The zones are part of the chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program.

Hiring Our Heroes seeks to attract talent to Wisconsin, but also wants to foster connections with military spouse talent currently in the state. Often when applying to jobs, military spouses are overlooked because of gaps in their resume or short-term job holdings due to the military’s requirement for relocations. One goal of the MSEEZ program is to support a more robust Military Spouse Professional Network that shows employers the talent and opportunities they are missing out on.

The zones also seek to build connections between local and national employers, educational institutions and community resources and create workforces in communities across the nation.

The Wisconsin MSEEZ Executive Committee established four core focus areas to enhance and improve employment opportunities for Wisconsin’s military spouses. These areas include hiring, training, advocacy and awareness, and education and entrepreneurship.

“We look forward to collaborating with businesses, educational institutions and community groups to better serve the families of our local heroes,” said Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.