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August Property Preview Newsletter

Posted on August 7, 2017 - IA News

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These properties are great for developers and companies who are looking for a startup or expansion location. The following sites this monthly newsletter will feature are found on, “In Wisconsin WEDC“, “Iowa Economic Development“, and “Minnesota DEED“.   Click here to learn more about this months featured counties and the great things happening in the 7 Rivers Region.

2017 Rising Star Under 40!

Posted on June 16, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

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Nominate Your 2017 Rising Star Under 40!   The La Crosse Tribune and 7 Rivers Alliance want your help to salute the Rising Stars Under 40 – the dynamic young entrepreneurs and leaders who are making a difference in our three-state region. Last year’s inaugural class of 19 Rising Stars came from big organizations and small firms, big cities and rural areas, health care and utilities, higher education, banking, law, welding and fabrication, a James Beard-nominated chef – talents and backgrounds of all types. But, they shared a passion for serving others through work and public service – qualities that are crucial to strengthening our region. More than 70 talented people younger than age 40 were nominated during the first… More Details »

2017 Executive Survey Now Live!

Posted on April 28, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

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Take the 2017 Executive Survey Now!   The 7 River Alliance invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Online Executive Business Survey to gauge business satisfaction in the region.  In the last two years, the survey has garnered more than 150 responses annually.  For 2017, the goal is to secure at least 200 responses from businesses in SW Wisconsin, SE Minnesota and NE Iowa. This year, questions were added to the survey that will provide additional information about business challenges with workforce development. These questions will help us work towards identifying the emerging themes of challenges the region faces in talent preparation, recruitment, and retention.  The data collected will contribute to the WISE plan. Click here to read more from… More Details »

Coulee Region Women’s Magazine Article

Posted on April 12, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

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Building a Business Community Lisa Herr leads the 7 Rivers Alliance in building a local workforce.   When local businesses succeed, the communities and people around them thrive. But when businesses can’t get employees, the effects can be devastating. And it’s not just a matter of training more locals to do the work, says Lisa Herr, CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance in La Crosse. Our area has more people leaving to work elsewhere than coming in. Add in low unemployment and the fact that the number of local workers older than 60 is expected to increase from 25 to 33 percent during the next five years, and there is a serious challenge ahead.    Congratulations Lisa Herr for all… More Details »

WISE in The News

Posted on March 1, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

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Business, community leaders tackle lack of skilled workers in area   Last Monday our CEO, Lisa Herr, and President of The 7 Rivers Alliance’s Board of Directors, Michael Richards, gave a presentation at Western Technical Technical College about The WISE Plan.  This presentation informed the community about the concern of talent recruitment, retention, and preparation in the 7 rivers region.  Learn more about this WISE presentation by clicking on the link below and watching the NEWS 8 segment.   NEWS 8 Segment on WISE Presentation

2016 Annual Report

Posted on February 9, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News


  The 2016 Annual Report is now complete! We are pleased to provide you a recap of the programs and services that were offered last year.  To read the report click on the link below. 2016 Annual Report

Help for The 7 Rivers WISE Plan

Posted on January 30, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

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Nationally renowned economic consultants hired to help with 7 Rivers WISE plan   Ken Poole is looking forward to getting to know the 7 Rivers Region better.   The CEO of the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness of Arlington, Va., will work with local businesses and public officials as part of a $110,000 contract his organization has signed with the 7 Rivers Alliance. The three-state, 14-county business development organization headquartered in La Crosse has embarked on a process to develop a 10-year workforce development plan for the region and will use the expertise at CREC in that work.   To Read the rest of the article, click on the button below!       

Grant Opportunity!

Posted on January 20, 2017 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News


Veteran Entrepreneurs Grant Program   The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3)  or 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.  Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by February 10, 2017. “The veterans community is best served when all veterans organizations work together to provide the best possible services to veterans and their families,” Kathy Marschman, interim secretary for the WDVA said. “Growing veteran employment and creating more veteran-owned businesses is not only good for the veteran, but it is good for our state. We look forward to partnering with organizations… More Details »

What’s Really Killing Jobs?

Posted on December 22, 2016 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News


The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation. This article discusses the relevant issue of how it is computers are the threat to American jobs and not China.  Below is a brief preview and if you would like to read the rest of the article, click on the button below.   “The first job that Sherry Johnson, 56, lost to automation was at the local newspaper in Marietta, Ga., where she fed paper into the printing machines and laid out pages. Later, she watched machines learn to do her jobs on a factory floor making breathing machines, and in inventory and filing. “It actually kind of ticked me off because it’s like, How are we supposed to make a living?”… More Details »

2016 Executive Survey Results

Posted on December 2, 2016 - 7 Rivers News, IA News, MN News, WI News

2016 Executive Business Survey Results

Results are in! Thank you to all that participated in the 2016 Executive Survey.    This report summarizes the results of the 2016 Executive Business Survey conducted between April 4th and August 1st 2016. The responses of 152 participants were digitally recorded via an online survey. Regional economic development directors led the distribution of the survey to businesses in each of the 14 counties that comprise the 7 Rivers region.   Special thanks to the following individuals for promotion of the 2016 Executive Business Survey: Terry Whipple, Juneau County, Wisconsin, Steve Peterson, Monroe County, Wisconsin,; Robin Moses, La Crosse Downtown Main Street Association, La Crosse, Wisconsin,; and Brian Fukuda, La Crosse County, Wisconsin for their assistance.   Click on the… More Details »