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

7 Rivers Region

7 Rivers Region logo

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.

Tourism - Tourism site for La Crosse County. - Tourism site for Wisconsin, including the Southwest Region of Wisconsin.