Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach is pleased that the UW Board of Regents gave final approval for a new engineering school at UW-Green Bay.

“I want to thank the UW Board of Regents for sharing our vision for what Northeast Wisconsin can be in the future,” says Streckenbach. “This opportunity will help secure our region’s manufacturing future, thus creating economic development for years to come.”

Streckenbach, along with UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller, have fought extremely hard in this endeavor with the belief that engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math fields is vital. It has emerged as a national priority not just for the educational system, but also for the economy, as forecasts have shown a need for millions more workers with STEM skills.

“I’m excited to get to the next step in this venture when we begin construction on the home for this engineering school – the STEM Innovation Center,” Streckenbach says. “For me, this STEM Innovation Center is about being a hands-on partner for providing solutions and coming together to ensure all our students have opportunities to be tomorrow’s innovators.”