DE PERE (WLUK) -- One in five workers in Brown County is involved in a manufacturing-related field, according to the governor's office.
That's one of the reasons Governor Scott Walker wants to put $5 million of state money towards a proposed science and technology center.
The proposed location for the 55,000 square-foot center would be built near Veteran's Manor, not far from UW-Green Bay.
The price tag is about $15 million and about two-thirds of that still has to be raised before any construction starts.
The governor is including the state money as part of his capital budget and made Friday's announcement from C. A. Lawton, a metal factory in De Pere.
Governor Walker said the facility would serve a number of needs.
"In and of itself, it is a visible symbol to our commitment in this state and in this region of STEM and the professions in dire need of filling these positions. But equally important is what happens inside - the training, the expertise, the inspiration that's going to happen inside there," he said.