President Jeff Wrobel called the 2015 LADCO 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 LaCrosse, and the creation of The Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Alliance.