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7 Rivers Alliance Annual Report

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2017 Annual Report . 2017 was filled with tremendous accomplishments from the 7 Rivers Alliance. We developed a comprehensive Workforce Innovation for Strong Economy (WISE) Plan that focuses on recruitment, preparation, and  retention of this area’s workforce. In order to fund the implementation of the WISE plan’s strategies and programs, The 7 Rivers Foundation was created and approved. 2017 involved investing in synergistic activities to promote the unique characteristics of our region. We are so grateful for the support of our board of directors, partners, members, and investors who provide guidance and support as we work to improve the vitality of our region.  .   . To read more about our organization, business survey results, the WISE plan, regional events and more, click… More Details »


Registration Now Open!

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  This years 7 Rivers Alliance Workforce Summit will focus on the process and successes of hiring those with disabilities, veterans, and individuals coming from corrections. CEO, Chris Hardie, will begin with a WISE Plan update followed by Q&A panels. . . The summit will be May 23rd from 9am-2pm at the Radison Center in La Crosse. Lunch will be included. Reserve your spot today by clicking the link below!   . .   . .  


Register for Foxconn information session April 17 in La Crosse

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A regional information session for businesses interested in bidding on work for Foxconn’s Industrial Construction Work at Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park will be held Tuesday, April 17 in La Crosse. The session will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the La Crosse Area Chamber Foundation downstairs conference room, 601 7th St. N. This will begin the construction work in Area 1 of Phase 1 on the Advanced Display Manufacturing facilities in 2018. Phase 1 consists of approximately 1,000 acres of site work and the construction of multiple buildings. Phase 1 construction work, which will begin in spring 2018, is anticipated to be site work, material procurement, and temporary logistics preparation. Vertical building construction work is anticipated to… More Details »


Join Wisconsin’s Supply Chain Marketplace

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Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace directory provides companies with a convenient avenue to find Wisconsin suppliers in a simple to use system that delivers results and supplier solutions. Similarly, the Marketplace offers suppliers a dynamic platform to get their information out to a broader customer base. Suppliers in the Marketplace get access to RFPs, RFQs, and CFIs with an opportunity to respond to the requests and access new markets. Participation in the Supply Chain Marketplace is FREE, so don’t wait to register as a supplier or search for a new supplier partner. CONNECT TODAY with the Supply Chain Marketplace!


The Need To Get WISE On Workforce Development

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The 7 Rivers Region must work together to address the challenges of our workforce, writes Chris Hardie, CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance, in this op-ed published in the La Crosse Tribune. The Workforce Innovation for a Stronger Economy — the WISE Plan — has the key strategies to address the challenge.   Read more here.


Register for 7 Rivers Inspire

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Join the workforce solution to helping students launch careers!   The 7 Rivers Alliance, in partnership with the WEDC, Western Wisconsin Workforce Board, TUMMA and CESA #4, has launched an online career planning tool for students in Jackson County.  In 2018, this tool will be available to all school districts in the 7 Rivers Region. The 7 Rivers Alliance is beyond excited to begin implementing Inspire Wisconsin, an online application supporting students and guiding them into the first steps of their professional career. Inspire Wisconsin’s mission is to develop and disseminate an organized, integrated community-development platform for life-long career planning and learning which creates bridges between employers, educators and students and connects students and adult job seekers with work-based learning experiences… More Details »


Discover the state of our region!

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The 7 Rivers Alliance State of the Region included a line up of knowledgeable speakers beginning with 7 Rivers Board President Michael Richards, Regional Economist Mark Schults and Bill Brockmiller, 7 Rivers Alliance CEO Chris Hardie, Regional EDA Director Jeanette Tamayo, the CREC team and Executive Editor for RiverValley Media Group Rusty Cunningham.   These speakers discussed the 2017 State of the Workforce, explained Wisconsin updates, revealed the 2017-2027 WISE Plan, released 2017 Executive Business Survey results, recognized Lee Rasch Community Partnership                                     Winners, and an announced the 2017 Rising Stars Finalists.       To see all of the presentations, click here For… More Details »


Rising Stars under 40 honored

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The 2017 Rising Stars Under 40.

Two dozen of the 7 Rivers Region’s Rising Stars under 40 were honored at reception and with a special section in the River Valley Media Group. It’s the second annual tribute to young leaders who make a difference in the 7 Rivers Region of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The winners were selected from dozens of nominations submitted by peers from throughout the region. “These are the men and women who not only making a difference in their jobs but also in their communities,” said Chris Hardie, 7 Rivers Region CEO. “They truly embody the best and brightest in our region.” You can read their inspiring stories here. 


Three new members join 7 Rivers Alliance board

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Three regional residents have been named to the 7 Rivers Alliance board of directors. Robert Halfmann, human resources manager for ZF TRW in Winona and Galesville; Mary Eiler Radl, key account manager for Alliant Energy in Tomah and Robert Stanford, president of Western Technical College have all joined the 7 Rivers board. “I am pleased to have these three distinguished regional leaders join our board,” said Michael Richards, 7 Rivers Alliance president.  “Their experience will add a great perspective to the board.” Halfmann has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and has been with ZF TRW for the past two years. Halfmann said he is passionate about connecting people with careers and wants to improve the collaboration… More Details »


What does it mean to be an economically resilient community?

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What does it mean to be an economically resilient community? Join the Sustainability Institute to learn how our 7 Rivers Region can strive to uphold workforce goals during inevitable economic challenges ahead. . When: Thursday, November 9th Time: 8am-12:30pm Where: Lunda Center at Western Technical College   Globalization, climate change and other variables will continue to cause shifts in the economy of the 7 Rivers Region. Inevitably, some of these shifts will cause disruptive economic shock in our region. What do current economic trends suggest about how our local economy will experience such shocks? What economic conditions exist that will either help or prevent us from rebounding and growing in the face of disruptive change? How can the 7 Rivers Region build our… More Details »