From the fourth-floor community room at software developer Jamf, employees can grab a local craft beer from the fridge, teleconference with mentors at Fortune 500 companies and take in postcard-perfect views of a revitalized downtown riverfront.

It’s all part of company founder Zach Halmstad’s strategy to create a vibrant work and living environment in Wisconsin’s eighth-largest city — and a model state officials say should be replicated to draw the workforce of the future and to help address a growing worker shortage right now, the Wisconsin State Journal reported .

 “It’s not just hanging out a ‘Help Wanted’ sign and paying a competitive wage, it’s the whole holistic environment,” University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said of attracting workers. “It’s creating the whole environment where these people want to live and hang out.”
 On a tranquil August day, Jamf employees in shorts and flip-flops walk their dogs through the office. Work notes are scrawled on glossy walls in meeting rooms decorated with local artwork. There are ping pong and bumper pool tables set out where software developers might hash out the next big idea. Read the full story here.