Gov. Scott Walker’s capital budget includes $5 million for constructing a new Brown County STEM Innovation Center in Green Bay, drawing praise from lawmakers and economic development leaders.

It would be built in the 240-acre Brown County Research and Innovation Park next to UW-Green Bay, hosting STEM programming to support manufacturing development in the area. Walker made the announcement on Feb. 17.

“In order to meet the growing demand of manufacturing jobs in our state, we must provide our students with hands-on opportunities to develop the skills and training needed to thrive in a manufacturing job upon graduation,” Walker said. “Upon completion, the center will be a hub for those interested in pursuing a family-supporting career in manufacturing, which further supports the future of Wisconsin’s workforce.”

The $5 million, coupled with private dollars, will fund the construction of the two-story, 55,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost $15 million in total, according to a release from Rep. John Macco, R-Ledgeview. The center would provide community-based job training and resources pertaining to education, research and entrepreneurship.

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