Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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
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!
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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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