MADISON (WKOW) -- Former U.S. Rep. and candidate for governor Mark Neumann (R) says he'll create 300,000 new jobs by 2020 by establishing at least 10 research and development parks across the state, similar to the Triangle Research Park near Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
"Fifty thousand jobs have been created in that research triangle in North Carolina," he said. "We'd like to see that replicated across the entire state of Wisconsin."
Neumann unveiled his plan during a campaign stop in Madison. He said companies that locate in the parks and create jobs would be eligible for tax breaks.
Besides the jobs, another advantage, he says, would be retaining recent graduates of UW.
"I would like to see that our college kids that are involved in that research and development graduate from our schools and then take jobs right here in the great state of Wisconsin," he said.
As envisioned by Neumann, the research parks would be located near research triangles anchored by Wisconsin cities. One triangle would connect Madison, Kenosha and Milwaukee.