IN THE NEWS…
WXOW 19 New – February 17, 2017
Governor Scott Walker made a stop at the La Crosse Center Friday, February 17, to announce a $5,000,000 investment from the state in the La Crosse Center expansion project.
The project has a total cost of around $40 million and is already well into the planning stages. The governor proposed adding a five million dollar investment from the state. While citing a study done by UW-La Crosse and La Crosse County the governor said that investment is based on bolstering the booming tourism in the region. The governor said the state isn’t in the business of building or expanding convention centers unless that impact is farther reaching.
“What makes this different is the regional economic impact and what impact it has on tourism… not just in downtown La Crosse, the City of La Crosse, or even La Crosse county but all throughout this region SEE FULL STORY.
LADCO’s Support of the La Crosse Center Expansion
In 2015 LADCO and other delegates took this issue to the State Capitol during the Oktoberfest in the Capitol event. Our position being that the State of Wisconsin should assist in funding the expansion of the La Crosse Center through the State Building Commission, which would aid in attracting regional conventions from Iowa, Minnesota, and beyond. With the idea that new activity spurred from more visitors and users of the convention center would have a ripple effect and boost the economy in our area, as well as our region.