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Economic Indicators: An Update for the 7 Rivers Region

Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00-9:00 a.m.
The Bluffs in the UW-La Crosse Student Union
521 East Avenue North
Cost: $25

Topic: Building Tomorrow's Workforce: Understanding and Using Effective Internship Strategies

Developing tomorrow’s workforce presents unique challenges for today’s employers. It is increasingly important for employers to identify, attract, and retain capable workers. Students are faced with the need to identify and gain the required knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers. Internships can become an effective way to “match” employers and students. To be effective, employers and students need to better understand and use internship strategies that work. At the Spring 2018 Economic Indicators event, Dr. John Nunley, Economics Department at UWL, will offer his current insights and perspectives on the role of internships in supporting the region’s local economy and how they can help build a sustainable workforce. A guest panel of employers will discuss their internship practices and offer insight on how to develop and implement an effective internship program. 

Register here.

UW-La Crosse, in cooperation with State Bank Financial and the La Crosse Tribune, initiated a long-term study in early 2002 of our region's economic indicators. The research is ongoing and focuses on trends for a nine-county region that includes counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. This project is expected to continuously build a base of economic information and provide decision makers with valuable tools for strategic planning. The information will also provide a basis for comparison with other regions and a measure of our progress as a region. 

Semi-annual breakfast meetings provide a general update on core indicators and also a focus on a selected economic topic.  

In addition to the open forum, findings are summarized in a print publication distributed at the meetings and also available on the State Bank Financial website: We also provide links to the core economic indicators. Readers can use these links as needed for individual research projects.

Citizens State Bank | UWL College of Business Administration

FIRST FRIDAY Lecture Series

This series provides scholarly dialogue about business management and leadership directly from today's business leaders. It is free to the public.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Michael Pellegrino, president and chief growth officer at Sargento Foods Inc.  First Fridays - Michael Pellegrino flyer.pdf

Friday, April 6 - Amy Kerwin, vice president of community investments at Great Lakes Higher Education  First Fridays - Amy Kerwin flyer.pdf

Skogen Auditorium, 1400 Centennial Hall

Lecture: 3:30 p.m.

Reception following lecture in Cameron Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

No registration is required.


Russell G. Cleary Distinguished Business Leader Lecture

Fall 2018 - Date TBD

In Fall 2017, the Lecture was presented by Jim Reynolds.

In Fall 2017, the Cleary family and the UWL College of Business Administration invited their guest  James Reynolds, Jr., Founder, Chairman and CEO of Loop Capital.  Mr. Reynolds founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: "To provide client service beyond expectations."  The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm.  Loop Capital has grown into one of the most dynamic and diversified investment banking firms in the country.  Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services.

A passionate advocate of giving back to the community, Mr. Reynolds currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago Community Trust, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, Chicago United, Get IN Chicago, and The University of Chicago Medical Center.  Additionally, Mr. Reynolds is Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and a member of the CFA Institute.  In May, 2017, he was appointed by Governor Rauner to serve on the Intersect Illinois Board.

The topic for the Fall 2017 program was A Forty Year Journey: Career Strategy, Business Strategy, and Service to Community. Click here to read more about the lecture.

This lecture series honors Russell G. Cleary who attended UWL from 1951-54 and earned the Graff Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980. Cleary built La Crosse’s Heileman Brewing Company into one of the largest breweries in the country. In addition to numerous other awards, he was named Executive of the Year by Corporate Report Magazine in 1980. Cleary, a strong supporter of UWL, was committed to serving the La Crosse community. It will be presented by Jim Reynolds of Loop Capital.

2018 Small Business Summit                                        

Fall 2018 - Date TBD
This event is created to inspire and recognize the Coulee Region’s business owners and supporters while celebrating success. The event will:

  • introduce the area’s future business leader prospects,
  • recognize the region's small business funders that are helping to fuel new business in our region. and
  • increase awareness of UWL’s Business Connections programs and resources.

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