The La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) serves a "triad of development" throughout the La Crosse Area: the attraction of business, the retention of business and industry, and co-management of the Coulee Region Business Center.
Located in Western Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, the La Crosse Area is ideally located for business and industry, serving as the center of the tri-state area (WI, MN and IA). The La Crosse Area is linked to the Upper Midwest and the rest of the country by Interstate 90, the Canadian Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads, the Mississippi River Navigational System, and air service via American and Delta Airlines at the La Crosse Municipal Airport.
La Crosse is home to three institutions of higher education, the University of WI – La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College, providing a highly trained workforce to companies throughout the region. Western Technical College, as well as the Northwest WI Manufacturing Outreach Center, provides a wide array of customized training to companies throughout the region.
Two nationally renowned health care facilities, Gundersen-Lutheran and Franciscan-Skemp-Mayo, along with the vast array of recreational opportunities in our natural environment and much more contribute to the quality of life experienced in the La Crosse Area.
Come grow your business with us!
The Coulee Region Business Center (CRBC) provides facilities, resources, mentoring and coaching to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the La Crosse area. Learn more about this shared facility which is ideal for starting or expanding a business HERE.
With full hearts, we at the CRBC would like to pay tribute to a generous soul who recently departed this world. For over 20 years, Dave Loomis was the breath of small business development and the Coulee Region Business Center here in La Crosse, WI. His devotion extended well beyond the typical work week. Dave could often be found upon a ladder making repairs or tending the garden he started here at the CRBC. The CRBC tenants were Dave's extended family and there wasn't much he wouldn't do to support them. We were all sad to see Dave's health lead him to an early retirement, and even more so his last breath. The memory of Dave Loomis will continue to live on in the halls and heart of the Coulee Region Business Center.
La Crosse-Area Students Top State ACT Score Average!
Wisconsin and Iowa's 2015 graduates tied for second in the ACT rankings, just behind first-place Minnesota. Local schools all topped the Wisconsin average composite score of 22.2. La Crosse students averaged 22.4, Holmen 22.7 and Onalaska 23.2 according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
La Crosse Ranked in Top Spot for People Over 50!
In a recent article done by the "AARP Bulletin" La Crosse Ranked in the number one spot in the nation for small cities for individuals over the age of 50. The ranking was based on factors like safety and security, affordable and appropriate housing, ability to easily get around, transportation options and supportive community features and services. The Washburn neighborhood was also ranked fifth-best in the nation due a number of factors that included low crime, air quality, above-average high school graduation rates and low speed limits. Wisconsin ranked very well overall in the AARP ratings.
Holmen and Onalaska Make Family Friendly List!
In a recent study done by NerdWallet, Holmen and Onalaska rank in the Top 10 places to live for young families in Wisconsin. Holmen ranked second and Onalaska ranked ninth. Holmen came in just less than one point than the first place community,Evansville. Some of the criterion that NerdWallet observed was public school ratings, median home value, monthly home ownership costs, median household income and income growth. Congrats to both Onalaska and Holmen!
Dynamic Recycling Receives WEDC Tax Credits!
Dynamic Recycling of La Crosse will be investing over $2 million in improvements to the former ATK site in the town of Onalaska making room for expansion that could lead up to 110 new jobs. Dynamic Recycling was awarded up to $360,000 in tax credits over the next three years by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Dynamic Recycling, Inc. was founded in 2007. It is a company that properly and professionally disposes of electronic materials throughout the state and was established with environmental sustainability in mind. There is a process that is followed once Dynamic receives the material; they identify reusable or refurbishable parts, break down remaining materials, and the waste material is distributed to other companies to make new products.
“I am convinced that this is a positively progressive move for their company. It allows them much needed renovating and expansion, which will enable the creation of over 100 new jobs in a very progressive and critical environmental need,” Town of Onalaska chairman Rolly Bogert said.
LADCO was pleased to work with Dynamic Recycling in this process and looks forward to the growth and development to the La Crosse area in the years to come.
La Crosse Named in OUTSIDE Magazine!
La Crosse was named in OUTSIDE Magazine as one of the "16 Best Towns To Live In" in the United States. The competition looked at the towns' "delectable dining scenes, friendly, walkable neighborhoods and unparalleled access to outdoor adventure." Over 1.5 million readers cast their bracket-style votes in the magazine's competition!
Onalaska Ranked One of Best Cities in Wisconsin for Home Ownership!
NerdWallet study found Onalaska as 8 of 85 cities ranked in the state for home ownership. The company looked at home availability, afforadability, and area growth in cities of population 10,000 or more.
Onalaska Police Department Ranks Among Top in Nation!
According to a recent assessment done on the Onalaska Police Department by the Altus Global Alliance, the agency ranks among the top 25 agencies among 65 stations assessed in the nation. These agencies are assessed on everything from community engagement, transparency and physical conditions. This is the first year the department has participated in the assessment which brought over 12,000 people into 1,340 different stations. Congratulations!
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Receives Top Honor!
The La Crosse Area Development Corporation would like to congratulate UW-L on being named No.4 among public colleges in "Best Value For Under $30,000 a Year", according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance. UW-L was the only Wisconsin campus to make the national top 25 list. Congratulations!
CHALLENGES & STRATEGIES
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. ~ Program 7:30 a.m.
REGISTER TODAY! Download Registration Form HERE.
Hear two different strategies in Wisconsin helping manufacturing employers tackle workforce challenges.
NEW Manufacturing Alliance, located in Northeast Wisconsin, has over 160 manufacturing members whose only focus is on workforce development issues. One prime strategy of the Alliance is manufacturing-related enrollment in area technical colleges. Ann Franz, of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College an Mark Kaiser, CEO of Lindquist Machine Corporation in Green Bay, serve as Director of and Board Member of the Alliance and will share its remarkable progress and programs.
Another approach will be shared by Mike Reader, CEO of Precision Plus in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Mike recruits top students from area schools and begins them on a training journey that leads them towards 2 or 4 year degrees. This approach has garnered him many permanent employees; in addition to bringing attention to new manufacturing techniques, clean and high-tech atmosphere, and solid economic rewards.
Please make plans to join us for the 58th Annual Economic Forum!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
LADCO along with th La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce will be teaming up with nearly 100 representatives of the greater La Crosse area to travel to our state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, October 21.
We will meet up with elected legislators as a unified voice of our business community and to promote business growth and opportunities in our area. Join us on a day long trip to the capitol by bus caravan and visit with leaders in our state government at the Oktoberfest in the Capitol Gala Reception.
The cost for this daylong trip includes a prepared packet of issue-oriented materials and reception is $50/person. Lunch is on your own.
For more information, or to register, contact Jim Hill
La Crosse Area Development Corporation
Thank you to all who attended LADCO's Industry Appreciation Breakfast!
Managing the Talent Pipeline:
Closing the Skills Gap
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America's long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how our free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The Foundation conducts research and produces events on issues facing businesses now and in the future.
One such prevailing issue that is impacting employers across the country, and can be attested to here in western Wisconsin, is the struggle to find skilled workers who can contribute to their companies' growth and success.
Jason Tyszko, Senior Director of Education and Workforce Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and his colleagues at the Foundation have been engaging employers and their partners across the country in developing a new demand-driven approach to close the skills gap. This innovative practice of managing the talent pipeline calls for employers to play a new and expanded leadership roll with education and workforce partnerships. Below we offer you Jason's presentation both as a pdf file and as a PowerPoint Presentation for your professional use.
The document below is an overview of the program. The paper identifies three
foundational principles for a new talent pipeline management system and concludes by highlighting
implications for key stakeholders, including employers, education and workforce providers, students and workers and policymakers.
For more information about Talent Pipeline Management, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation website.
Additional Links of Interest
More companies are thinking through the long term goals of training a sustainable supply of labor, and maintaining a productive workforce as manufacturing technology continues to evolve.
U.S. manufacturers now have a plan for closing the skills gap and opening the door to economic development.
Every labor market is unique, and there are many factors to consider beyond population size and unemployment rate.
La Crosse Area Construction Surged Forward in 2014
New value contained in 2014 Building Permit data from La Crosse County smashed all previous records, surpassing 700 million. This information comes from a compilation of year-end reports provided by the various municipalities in La Crosse County. “Construction of any kind means jobs, spending into the economy up to 18 months and, in the end, results in new tax yield for local government...all positive outcomes," according to James Hill, Executive Direct of LADCO. "While this level of construction will be tough to sustain, it certainly is a huge boost for the area economy," Hill said.