Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Welcome
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 Healthcare - Mayo Clinic Health System, 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 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!

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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.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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!
EVENTS & PROGRAMS


LADCO's Industry Appreciation Breakfast
 Sponsored by Coulee Bank

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Registration & Breakfast:  7:00 a.m.
Program:  7:30 a.m.
Radisson Hotel Ballroom

We are pleased to welcome Jason Tyszko, Sr. Director of Education & Workforce Policy from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as keynote speaker. Like many states, Wisconsin faces a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers because many job candidiates lack the necessary competencies and industry-recognized credentials desired by employers. To help address this skills shortage, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will share their workforce reform approach aimed at managing the talent pipeline and bridging the skills gap. Learn how local employers can impact the skills gap by applying lessons learned from supply chain management. Education and workforce providers, students and workers, and policymakers will all benefit from the partnerships, transparency, mobility and improved outcomes this new approach has shown to produce. 

The program will also feature the presentation of the Diamond Recognition Award to the manufacturing firm making major strides in such areas as investment and expansion, export growth, job creation, and product innovation. To support the spirit of partnership, the Triangle of Achievement Award will be conferred upon organizations and/or companies which teamed up to bring a certain project into fruition or collaborated to resolve issues central to the area’s economic development. Additionally, the 19th year winners of the LADCO/ CenturyLink Coulee Region Entrepreneurial Initiative’s Business Plan Competition will receive awards for drafting impressive blueprints for the companies of the future. 

Registration
Cost for registration is $40 per person. Please RSVP no later than July 10th.
   
Registration Form

IN THE KNOW

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. 

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