We are inviting you to the 60th meeting of The Economic Forum. During its storied history, LADCO’s Economic Forum has devoted its programs to “issues or trends that will have a major impact on the area economy”.

The next Forum, entitled “A Multi-Faceted Approach to Workforce Development” is slated for Thursday, October 13th beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom. Employers across the spectrum have identified workforce attraction and retention as the number one issue that faces companies today. In some industry lines the need is so critical managers are delaying growth plans or dropping expansion all together.

LADCO has led local efforts to draw attention to and provide tools to address critical workforce needs. Last year’s Fall Economic Forum sparked the beginning of The Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Alliance (TUMMA), now a full-fledged organization staffed with a Business Services Coordinator.

Everyone involved in this strategic imperative for our area knows there is no silver bullet. That a robust workforce recruitment and retention effort will need to have many elements. On October 13th you will hear three approaches that the La Crosse area can add to its arsenal.

We will hear from Lisa Herr and Michael Richards, 7 Rivers Alliance officials, who are surfacing a major workforce recruitment effort, Workforce Innovation for a Strong Economy (WISE). Michael Finney, who heads up the Community Ventures of Michigan Initiative, will describe their well-conceived and successful efforts at helping structurally unemployed individuals get and keep work in their state. Mr. Finney had been Executive Director of what was their state development agency but was asked by the Governor of Michigan to organize Michigan Ventures three years ago. Finally, we will hear from officials at The Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Alliance (TUMMA) on their unfolding work plan and be introduced their new Business Services Coordinator.

Please make plans to join us for the 60th Economic Forum on Thursday, October 13th in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. with the program beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concluding by 8:45 a.m. Cost is $40.00 per guest. To register, please fill out the registration form below and submit with your payment by Monday, October 10, 2016.

Thank you!



Michael Finney of Community Ventures of Michigan has agreed to meet with all interested parties immediately following the Forum to discuss in more detail how a similar effort can be launched in Western Wisconsin. This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us concerned about expanding our workforce recruitment and retention efforts in Wisconsin.

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