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Mike Halsted
Mike Halsted
Sector development specialist
608-345-3577

Transportation sector

Our Transportation Section Specialist works closely with the road construction industry to identify ways new and innovative ways to improve the construction process while protecting our natural resources.
Our transportation sector development specialist works closely with the road construction industry to identify new and innovative ways to improve the construction process while protecting our natural resources.

The transportation sector includes both public and private enterprises involved with the planning, design, construction, material supply and maintenance of Wisconsin's highway, rail, harbor and air transportation network.

The transportation sector employs nearly 220,000 people in transportation-related industries in Wisconsin. This constitutes nine percent of all Wisconsin jobs.1 Whether we travel by air, water, rail or road, we recognize the importance of keeping Wisconsin connected while preserving, protection and managing Wisconsin's natural resources. Wisconsin is fortunate to host many organizations, associations, companies and government agencies who all share this mission.

Aerial view of the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin

The sector development specialist can help your association, organization or business understand environmental regulation and keep you informed when important changes to the industry occur.

Sector development specialist

Mike Halsted has worked for the department since 1991 and has served in many programs including, remediation & redevelopment, solid waste, air management, water regulation and zoning, transportation liaison, and most recently with the Office of Business Support and Sustainability as the statewide policy coordinator for all things transportation. Mike's broad knowledge base and wide variety of experiences is helping him to gain a better understanding of the big picture challenges and opportunities related to the transportation sector.

Mike has an aggressive approach to relationship building and seeks to carry the department's mission to protect Wisconsin's vital natural resources while building cooperation and trust with the transportation industry. Mike believes in explaining the "why" of environmental regulations. He also understands the challenges of cost and schedule involved in the work to maintain and grow our transportation infrastructure.

1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 County Business Patterns. "Other industries closely tied to transportation" include motor vehicle and parts dealers and wholesalers, vehicle repair, and highway and street construction. The average transportation related job in Wisconsin paid $31,576 in 2000 compared to a statewide average for all jobs of $30,185.

Last revised: Wednesday December 10 2014