Gov. Walker Speech Addresses Issues Specific to Central Wisconsin

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Governor Walker used Wednesday night's State of the State Address as an opportunity to talk about the different ways that his administration has been able to grow the economy.

In addition to talk about luring in businesses from Illinois and getting them to relocate to places like Kenosha and Janesville,
he also spoke about two industries in particular that play a vital role in the economic success of our area which, in turn, boost the state's bottom line.

First, Walker referenced the growth he has seen in the ginseng industry. He said that 95% of all ginseng exported to China comes from here in the badger state.

Walker also made mention of his recent trade mission to China where he signed a ten year ginseng trade agreement.

"Not only is Asia a major market for our ginseng, many people now come to North Central Wisconsin to tour our ginseng operations. Food and beverage related tourism continues to grow. From tours of breweries, wineries, cheese factories, cranberry fests, and even spice operations, Wisconsin is a great destination. " Walker said.

In his speech, Governor Walker also addressed the importance of stocking more walleye in lakes across the state in order to attract visitors to Northern Wisconsin. He says that in less than a year, 440,000 walleye have been added to lakes across the state.

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