Friday, February 12, 2016
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

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
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  • High rate of high school graduation
  • Low rate of uninsured population
  • Low prevalence of diabetes
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    • High rate of high school graduation
    • Low rate of uninsured population
    • Low prevalence of diabetes


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    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, 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!


    LADCO's 44th Annual Meeting
    No Seat Left Unfilled!

    President Jeff Wrobel called the 2015 Annual Meeting to order at the Radisson Hotel on December 8, 2015, with over 295 people in attendance. The Honorable Governor Scott Walker quickly took the podium as the keynote speaker. Governor Walker discussed key issues in Wisconsin, and more specifically the Coulee Region. He commended LADCO, the local businesses and local government for "getting it right" when developing the area economy. His specific comments touched on workforce development, improving infrastructure and regulatory changes made during his term as governor. The Governor mentioned the lowering unemployment rates in Wisconsin and further recognized the exceedingly low unemployment rate here in La Crosse County. An acknowledgement was also made in regards to the increasing availability of jobs and graduation rates. Governor Walker realizes the continued challenges employers face in finding skilled and semi-skilled workers. He also noted the need for development of statewide infrastructure such as roads and internet connection. Governor Walker believes Wisconsin has seen continued economic growth and improvement over this past year.

    President Wrobel and Executive Director, Jim Hill, spoke of the past year's accomplishment for LADCO. President Wrobel highlighted the pursuit of four Golden Shovel Sites in the La Crosse Area, the continued collaboration of Synergy, the success of LADCO's Industry Appreciation and Economic Forums, and another successful run at the Oktoberfest in the Capitol lobby day. Jim Hill introduced a new tradition to the LADCO Annual Meeting that involves inviting the top business students from the three local institutions of higher education to take part in the day's events. CenturyLink and Coulee Bank provided sponsorship for the seven students in attendance. Mr. Hill spent time revisiting the numerous economic strides taken in the La Crosse area over this past year. Those projects highlighted, include: the $50 million renovation at TRANE Plant 7, the trifecta of development by La Crosse County, the remarkable $704 million in building permits given by the City of La Crosse, and the creation of The Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Alliance.

    As is customary, LADCO presented three local community leaders with recognition of service and accomplishment awards. The Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual's leadership and dedication to the community, the President's Award is dedicated to an individual or group responsible for a current, major contribution or accomplishment in the La Crosse area, and the Distinguished Service Award is present to an individual who is the embodiment of service to the community. A summary of the deserving recipients is found below.

    LADCO would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to our event sponsors, Dairyland Power and Xcel Energy, to Governor Scott Walker and his staff, and all those who were in attendance.  

    LADCO Honors Local Leaders at
    44th Annual Meeting

    Brent Smith, Esq. has served, led or collaborated with just about every worthy organization or cause in the La Crosse area for over three decades now. Brent has ably served as Chair of the La Crosse Center Board for 25 years, reversing an annual operating budget hemorrhage to operating successes ever since and has ushered in two important growth steps for the Center.

    Brent is currently a member of the Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan Board, the La Crosse Community Foundation Board of Directors, the Board of the La Crosse Loggers, the La Crosse Promise Board of Directors, the UW-L Chancellor’s Community Council, and the UW-L Foundation Board. Brent is also a member of the Seven Rivers Alliance Board.

    Brent’s service on the University Board of Regents is an honor yet heavy with associated responsibilities, especially in his role as Chairman during these extremely difficult times for higher education.

    Counselor Smith has been a United Way Campaign Chair, a member of the State Elections Board, the Wisconsin Technical College Board, and the Wisconsin Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board.
    Even in his professional capacity as an attorney he has always risen to the top being named as a “Super Lawyer” in Wisconsin.

    Brent Smith defines integrity, professionalism and dedication to his family, community and beloved state. LADCO is honored to award the 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Brent Smith.

    Tara Johnson and the La Crosse County Board, have demonstrated again and again the evolving, enlightened leadership displayed by the County Board over the last decade ... one of openness, integrity and rational acting.

    A specific outcome we praise with this award is what we call the “trifecta of development”, with the commencement in 2015 of the $65 million Lot C development, the sale and repurposing of the old Administrative Center and the renovation of the new Administrative Center. All three involved lengthy and complex negotiations with the City of La Crosse, developers and other community players. The result will be a transformation of the North end of the Central Business District for years to come.

    Tara Johnson, also known as “Madame Chair”, has positively influenced the La Crosse area in many ways; as the leader of United Way for 15 years and as a County Board Supervisor since 2000. She has chaired the Health and Human Service Board, Co-chaired the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and has held various leadership posts on the County Board.

    LADCO is pleased to present this year’s President’s Award to Tara Johnson and the La Crosse County Board.

    Dave Clements has headed up the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (LACVB) for over 10 years, managed the La Crosse Center before that and had a long run as a hotelier here and in Madison.

    It’s hard to find the right superlative to describe Dave Clements -- indefatigable, irrepressible, redoubtable, energetic -- because they all fit. During his tenure he has advanced destination tourism to a new level with any number of new initiatives, so much so that his peers in tourism across the state awarded their Legacy Award -- their highest award -- at the Tourism Conference here in La Crosse. 

    And now a goal he set forth the first weeks at the Bureau – to bring forth a county-wide tourism effort --- is at hand. What an exclamation point to a remarkable record.

    LADCO extends the Special Recognition Award and a big thank you to a splendid colleague and forever a Bluegold alum, Dave Clements.

    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.
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