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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Announcing SET Report! The 7 Rivers Alliance released a new strategic economic development plan for Jackson, Monroe and Juneau Counties that is the result of extensive data collection and analysis from September 2016 through March 2017. During the past six months, planning sessions were held with over 150 business and community leaders. Working with the USDA, UW-Extension, the WEDC, the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission and county economic development directors, the following priorities were identified: -Develop critical infrastructure to facilitate the attraction and expansion of businesses in high-wage industry sectors. Partners will focus on increasing access to broadband for attracting residents and growing a telecommuting workforce. -Create a connected regional transportation system to increase the mobility of goods and workers. Partners will… More Details »
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
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
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!
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 »