MADISON — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester is forming a new committee that will focus on building better international relations and attracting foreign investment to Wisconsin. A media release from Nov. 3 stated that the Assembly Committee on International Affairs and Commerce will develop policies to promote international trade, communication, tourism and investment.

“Wisconsin is competing on a world stage and we want our state to be in the best possible position to grow more family-supporting careers,” said Vos.

So far, the only member to be announced is Rep. David Steffen, R-Howard, who will chair the committee.

“I’m confident that Rep. Steffen will do an excellent job leading the new standing committee,” said Vos.

According to the release, Wisconsin exported $21 billion in products last year. The state’s largest trade partners are Canada, with $6.5 billion of business, and Mexico at $3 billion and its largest exporters were in the industrial machinery sector.

Many Racine County companies already export goods abroad such as SC Johnson, Modine and Putzmeister American. The release stated that the goal of the committee would be to help more Wisconsin companies and farmers successfully export goods abroad.

“In order to continue to move our state forward, we need to think and act globally,” said Vos. “This committee will explore new policies to make our state more competitive and attractive to business internationally.”

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