The future of regional economic employment growth depends on a supportive small business environment. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) shares the mission of the UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration, UW-Extension and the commitment to economic development.
Economic Indicators: An Update for the 7 Rivers Region
Thursday October 19, 2017
The Bluffs in the UW-La Crosse Student Union
521 East Avenue North
Tourism: The Changing Face of Tourism
Tourism is about more than bringing in visitors to the area. Learn how tourism in our area contributes to employment growth and business development in the region. At the Fall 2017 Economic Indicators event, hosted by the UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration, Dr. TJ Brooks, Economics Department Chair at UWL, will offer his current insights and perspectives on the region’s local economy and the role of tourism in community sustainability. A guest panel of tourist organizations from the region will discuss the rebranding/retooling of tourism and the effects of tourism in their communities.
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 also summarized in a print publication distributed at the meetings and also available on the State Bank Financial website: http://www.statebankfinancial.com/about-us/economic-indicator-reports.html. We have also provided links to the core economic indicators. Readers can use these links as needed for individual research projects.
7 Rivers Region
The 7 Rivers Region is the economic and geographic area of western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, and northeast Iowa. We are developing unity as we experience the power of regionalism. The counties included in the 7 Rivers Region are Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon in Wisconsin, Houston and Winona in Minnesota, and Allamakee and Winneshiek in Iowa. However, the boundary of the 7 Rivers Region is fluid and changing. The intention is to include public and private organizations who define themselves as part of the region.
The 7 Rivers Alliance is the leadership group that boosts economic growth and encourages all activities that lead to collaboration and regionalism. The goals of the 7 Rivers Alliance are to provide a clearinghouse of vital information designed to enhance economic development, provide a model for collaboration that facilitates partnerships and provides regional leadership, and provide a spirit of cooperation that transcends borders for the good of our region. The 7 Rivers Alliance promotes not only the spirit of cooperation, but works on the strategies and activities that put this spirit into action. Learn more.
La Crosse Area Development Corp.
La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) can assist with expanding or relocating your business. Learn more.
Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission
The Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission's website includes economic data on communities throughout Western Wisconsin. Learn more.