Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Magazine Will Promote Wisconsin as a Place To Do Business
BizTimes Media LLC today unveiled the inaugural edition of “WisconsinBiz,” a special magazine and website promoting Wisconsin as a place to do business. The 112-page, glossy publication has a three-fold mission.. Read More. An online version is available at www.wisconsinbiz.com

Congratulations Aquinas and Onalaska Boys Basketball
Congratulations to State Basketball Champs Aquinas High School and State Basketball Semi-Finalists Onalaska! You showed the state how good boys basketball is in Western Wisconsin and conducted yourselves very impressively. A job well done! 

Wisconsin Ranked 16th Healthiest State in 2012
The United Health Foundation ranked Wisconsin the 16th healthiest state last year. Wisconsin strengths include
  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low rate of uninsured population
  • Low prevalence of diabetes
  • - See more at: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/WI/2012#sthash.s0MJ8iBD.dpuf
  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low rate of uninsured population
  • Low prevalence of diabetes
  • - See more at: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/WI/2012#sthash.s0MJ8iBD.dpuf
    • High rate of high school graduation
    • Low rate of uninsured population
    • Low prevalence of diabetes


    - See more at: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/WI/2012#sthash.s0MJ8iBD.dpuf
    highest high school graduation rate and low prevalence of diabetes. For a full report.. Click Here. 

    La Crosse and the Arts

    The arts make a valuable contribution to the Greater La Crosse area, through programming, involvement opportunities, and financial activities. In 2012 the City of La Crosse participated in a study by American’s for the Arts which looked into the Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations. This study provided evidence that the nonprofit arts are a significant industry in the City of La Crosse. Click here to read this study. Fuel creativity, beautify our cities and improve our quality of life by visiting the La Crosse Arts Alliance website to find out how to get involved.


    UW-L Makes Kiplinger Rank Again
    Congratulations! Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine puts UWL at number 73 on the list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges." This rank is based on academic quality and affordability. La Crosse is one of 2 Wisconsin schools to make the list- the other being UW-Madison... Read More

    Gundersen Gas-to-Energy Project Recognized
    La Crosse County and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center received national recognition for their efforts to turn methane gas from the county landfill into electricity and heat for Gundersen’s Onalaska campus. This is said to generate enough renewable energy to offset the equivalent emissions of nearly 53,000 passenger cars... Read More 

    Congratulations! La Crosse Community Theater Gets A New Home

    Weber Center for the Performing Arts is set to transform the La Crosse Community Theater experience. For anyone who has acted in the old La Crosse Community Theater on Fifth Avenue or sat in the audience, the transformation is magical. This new space will give the opportunity to inspire many throughout the years... Read More


    Viterbo University Honored For Distinctive Educational Excellence
    Congratulations Viterbo! Viterbo University is now featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education... Read More 

    National Award Winning College

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Business Administration has won a national award- the Council for Higher Education Accred-itation’s 2013 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes. UW-L’s business college is the first higher education institution in Wisconsin to receive the honor... Read More


    Wisconsin Ranked 13th In Business Climate
    Wisconsin ranks No. 13 on a list of Site Selection magazine’s Top Business Climates. North Carolina is No. 1 in the rankings, which are based 50 percent on a survey of corporate site selectors and 50 percent on criteria that include a state’s business taxes and record of attracting capital investment... Read More

    Local Schools Get Good Marks On State Report Cards

    The report cards are in, and most La Crosse-area schools meet or exceed state expectations.
    The  highly anticipated report cards released Monday graded more than 2,100 Wisconsin schools on new, more stringent measurements.
    The schools were rated on a 100-point scale based on four categories....Read More


    Events and Programs

    The La Crosse Area Development Corporation features a number of events throughout the year.  Ranging from our annual Business Plan Competition, which highlights local up-and-coming businesses, to our Annual Meeting, which offers board members, partners and members an opportunity to hear the latest LADCO news, and The Economic Forum, which features a regularly changing topic of interest to community members.  Check regularly to hear the latest about our events and programs!


    Another Successful Industry Appreciation Event!

    LADCO’s 18th Annual Recognition Breakfast was a great success!  With nearly 200 people in attendance, the event has grown even more since last year.  We started with recognizing those who participated in the LADCO/Century Link Business Plan Competition.  Three winners were chosen from the pool of those who entered.  Since its inception, there have been 48 recipients.  This year’s third place winner was Nature’s Way Arborist Services, LLC. They focus on how to protect trees from the Emerald Ash Boar.  Our second place winner was Tyler who currently runs the Grand Bluff Running store in downtown LaCrosse.  He sells various types of running clothes and accessories.  This year’s first place winner was LYFe Gardens LLC, owned by Michele and Steven Glandt. They work to provide high quality produce and tilapia for the surrounding community.  Steven said, “365 days a year of fresh produce is not an easy feat in Wisconsin.”  However, they are up to the challenge and look forward to providing the community with their products.

     LADCO also awarded a Special Recognition Award this year that was presented to the Pump House Regional Arts Center, the School District of La Crosse, and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.  They created the Compassion Project which encompassed, “Our youngest citizens [discussing] the value of compassion at home with their families.”  Their discussions were then brought into a beautiful art project that was on display at the Pump House.  The foundation wanted to thank the community for “helping our children get a good life lesson.”

     The Triangle of Achievement award this year was presented to the LaCrosse Community Theatre, Don and Roxanne Weber, and Viterbo University for their combined efforts to create the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. The Triangle is the area’s first collaboration award, celebrating the efforts of organizations, companies, and/or local government which have teamed up to bring a certain project into fruition or collaborated to resolve issues central to the area’s economic development. David Kilpatrick, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre, stated, “It is truly your community theater and we try to honor it by giving back as often as we can.” This award also meant a lot to the Weber family as well.  Don Weber said, “I am very honored and humbled.”  

     Our final award was the Diamond Recognition award which was presented to Chart Industries. The Diamond is presented to a business that evokes leadership, innovation, quality, expansion, and job creation.  They have made huge developments in the last year that have greatly benefited the community.  Chart has been part of the community for the last 60 years, and are looking forward to the future.

     Our final portion of the program was keynote speaker, Todd Berry with Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.  Todd had a great speech that encompassed many of the issues related to jobs in the community.  He focused on how population affects the jobs and how they seemingly grow together.  Those of us in La Crosse will have to pay attention to the migration of people to avoid labor shortages in the future.  He provided visual indicators of where we see the job market going, and how different factors will affect that.  We really appreciated Todd’s enthusiasm and taking the time to speak on the topic.

     At the closer of another exceptional Recognition Breakfast, we look forward to our Economic Forum in the fall and the Annual Meeting in the winter.  We thank everyone who attended and helped make the breakfast a success. 

    “BE BOLD 2: Growing Wisconsin’s Talent Pool” Study Released
    Competitive Wisconsin, Inc. has released the results of a year-long examination of the state’s job skills challenges and opportunities. This study was prompted by growing concerns about existing skills gaps and the effects an aging workforce will have on employer ability to meet future needs, and was undertaken in partnership with ManpowerGroup. BE BOLD 2: Growing Wisconsin’s Talent Pool is available for download on CWI’s website, www.competitivewi.com.


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