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Posted on November 28, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, WI News

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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!

Posted on November 17, 2017 - 7 Rivers News


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

Posted on October 19, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

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

Posted on September 29, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

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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?

Posted on September 29, 2017 - 7 Rivers News


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 »


Posted on September 15, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!       Join us November 15th at Celebrations on the River from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm! The day will include a line up of speakers including: Mayor Tim Kabat, 7 Rivers Board President Michael Richards, Governor Scott Walker, Regional Economist Bill Brockmiller and Mark Schults, Regional EDA Director Jeanette Tamayo, the CREC team and Executive Editor for RiverValley Media Group Rusty Cunningham.   These speakers will discuss the 2017 State of the Workforce, explain Wisconsin updates, reveal the 2017-2027 WISE Plan, release 2017 Executive Business Survey results, recognize Lee Rasch Community Partnership Winners, and an announcement from 2017 Rising Stars Finalists.There will also be a catered lunch and time for networking. . . . Thank you… More Details »

Chris Hardie Takes on Leadership Role at 7 Rivers Alliance

Posted on August 18, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

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Chris Hardie Named New CEO of 7 Rivers Alliance The 7 Rivers Alliance has a mission of regional collaboration and the new leader of the organization brings decades of experience working across the region.     Chris Hardie, the executive director of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce and former executive editor and weeklies publisher with the River Valley Media Group, has been named the new CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance. Hardie, 53, of rural Taylor, replaces Lisa Herr who is leaving to take over a nonprofit in Seattle.   “It’s truly a privilege to take over as leader of this great regional organization,” Hardie said. “I’ve worked with Lisa and her staff over the past few years… More Details »

A New Chapter for 7 Rivers Alliance and Executive Director Lisa Herr

Posted on August 2, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

7 Rivers Alliance Executive Director Lisa Herr is Stepping Down   The 7 Rivers Alliance has been extremely fortunate to have such an incredibly talented, driven, and passionate Executive Director. Lisa has truly made our region stronger and has set an incredible example for all to follow. During her time at 7 Rivers Alliance, Herr created a board of directors, doubled the organization’s operating budget and secured $200,000 in funding for the WISE workforce development plan. In addition, Herr was instrumental in launching the State of the Region event, the Golden Shovel Site Verification Program and the 7 Rivers Alliance Foundation, and partnered with the La Crosse Tribune to launch the Rising Stars Under 40 awards. Lisa will be very missed,… More Details »

Exploring the Childcare Gap for Jackson, Juneau and Monroe Counties

Posted on July 27, 2017 - 7 Rivers News

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Exploring the Childcare Gap in Wisconsin Counties. This report documents findings from a project conducted by The Parenting Place to assess the childcare gap in Jackson, Juneau and Monroe Counties in southwestern Wisconsin. This report shows there is a consistent need for more childcare options in each county in terms of both slots available and options that match the quality characteristics parents are seeking.   Click here to read full report!