7 Rivers Alliance - August 2015 e-Newsletter         
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Dear Colleagues,
We continue to focus on providing you great service. This summer, we are adopting and launching a new member management system. While that doesn’t sound very exciting, it will increase your ability to access information and services that we offer. This new system will improve our ability to send out communications and ease the registration process for events.  We will be sending you more details in the September newsletter.
As back to school is right around the corner, we are turning our focus to upcoming fall events. We are pleased to announce the speakers for our “Revitalize Storefronts” seminar on October 22, 2015 in Cashton, Wisconsin. Joel Bookman, a nationally recognized consultant in rural downtown development will present "8 Early Action Projects to Fill Storefronts and Transform Commercial Districts". David Milder, an experienced consultant who has worked with numerous rural communities, will present on "Strategies for Strengthening the Complex Economy of Rural Downtowns.
We have partnered with Monroe County to assemble an amazing array of speakers who have first-hand experience re-energizing downtown corridors. Click here to see all the amazing speakers that we have lined up. This event is a must attend for County Board Supervisors, Economic Development Directors and Downtown Mainstreet supporters. If you are a business owner, you will enjoy learning some tips and strategies to help boost your storefront.
There are more great things happening in the region.  See below for more details.
Lisa Herr
Executive Director 
Our Next Event:
October 22, 2015
The Revitalize Storefronts Conference, focuses on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices, and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas to fill empty storefronts. The conference features national and local speakers that have implemented practices and tactics in their own communities and across the country to address vacant storefronts.   We are pleased to partner with Monroe County to offer this event in Cashton, Wisconsin.  Space is limited, register now!
 Keynote Speakers:
Joel is the President and CEO of Bookman Associates, Inc. providing consulting services in economic development, comprehensive community development, commercial corridor development, and strategic planning.  Previously, he served as Managing Director of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, a venture of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Director of Programs for LISC Chicago. To view the full list of speakers, click here.
David founded his private consulting firm in 1977 to confront downtown and commercial district revitalization issues in his own dynamic and no-nonsense way. In the past 35+ years, he has helped to formulate the programs that have revitalized downtowns such as Charlotte, NC, Jamaica Center, NY, Rutland, VT, and Englewood, NJ. Most recently, Milder has completed leading edge work on downtown multi-channel retailing.To view the full list of speakers, click here.
First Golden Shovel Ready Site!
The 7 Rivers Alliance is excited to announce its first Golden Shovel Ready Site - Lakeview Business Park. The Lakeview Business Park are industrial lots with rail service located in West Salem, Wisconsin. This site has meet all the required documentation approved by the Mississippi River Region Planning Commission and is ready for development. Sites that meet all requirement will be featured on both The 7 Rivers Alliance's Site Selector Tool and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's (WEDC) Site Selector Tool. To search this site on our website, click here. For more information about the Golden Shovel Ready Sites program or to apply, click here.
New Member Profile
The 7 Rivers Alliance is pleased to welcome the following member in the month of August, 2015: 
Deep in the heart of Wisconsin's Hidden Valleys lies Vernon County. It is a place so quiet and beautiful, it's no wonder we call it God's Country. Our celebrated rivers, rugged hills, scenic farms, sturdy forests, tranquil back roads, crystal air and friendly people combine to make Vernon County the ideal place to find rest and renewal.

Here in Vernon County, outdoor fun is always in season. All year long, you'll always find plenty of outdoor action. Join us for boating, biking, paddling, hiking, bird watching, fishing, snowmobile and skiing. 

Throughout Vernon County, you'll find clean, pleasant communities that are proud of their heritage, their history and their values. We celebrate that heritage with world-renowned festivals, cultural centers, parks, nature reserves and historical sites. And we're always ready to share our love of the land and our way of life. >>>More about Vernon County, Wisconsin
Rural By Design Workshop With Randall Arendt
The 7 Rivers Alliance is excited to partner with Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center to bring Randall Arendt, author of "Rural by Design" and the nation's leading authority on conservation design. This workshop is geared towards developers seeking new ideas, experienced planning board members, and professional planners who create site plans and write code.  
Friday, January 8th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Registration starts at 8:00 AM)
$60 first person with $50 each additional person with same organization
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Directions and Map:

Click here
Next ECO DEVO Meeting
Join us for our next ECO DEVO Meeting on September 9th, 2015. This meeting will held in La Crosse, WI - Place TBD. Jason Gilman, City Planner for the City of La Crosse will share his vision for the upcoming year. To view ongoing ECO DEVO projects, click here.
Farewell Eli!
Eli Moua has been instrumental in launching and maintaining our monthly  newsletters and the new website. His work has resulted in a 68% increase in viewers to our website and 35% increase in requests to be on our monthly e-newsletter. 
Eli has accepted a full time position in Green Bay, Wisconsin and will be leaving us in the next few weeks.  Please join me in thanking Eli for his great work over the past year. 
We will miss him and wish him great new success as he advances in his career. 
Save November 4th, 2015!
Annual Meeting and State of the Region Report
Radisson Hotel - La Crosse
November 4, 2015

Save November 4th on your calendar and plan to join us as we receive reports from national and regional experts about the state of our region and how we compare to neighboring states.  Registration for this event will begin September 1st
13th Annual WSU Engineering Scholarship Golf Outing
Winona Area Composites Consortium and The 7 Rivers Alliance is excited to announce the 13th Annual WSU Engineering Scholarship Golf Outing in support of students in Composite Materials Engineering at Winona State University. Event proceeds are used to fund engineering scholarships at the Miller Brothers' School of Engineering at WSU.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
12:00 - 6:00 PM
$600 per foursome or $150 per individual (fee includes carts, greens fee, lunch and dinner)
Cedar Valley Golf Course
25019 County Road 9
Winona, MN
To Register Online:

Click here

La Crosse, Wisconsin Among Top Small Cities to Start a Business

There are many lists that rank the top big U.S. cities to start a business, less attention has been paid to the best small cities for entrepreneurs. So NerdWallet, a personal fiance and information service examined 463 U.S. cities with populations of 50,000 to 100,000 to determine where the best opportunities are for those starting a business. Among the examined cities, La Crosse, WI ranked #10. 

To view the full report, click here.

La Crosse-Dubna Sister Cities

Join the La Crosse-Dubna Friendship Association (LDFA) as they celebrate 25 years as Sister Cities with Dubna, Russia!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
4:00 - 7:00 PM (Registration starts at 8:00 AM)
Appetizers & Wine
International Garden
Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI 54601

For more information about LDFA or the Sister Cities program, click here.

Wyalusing Academy Begins New Chapter

After a 45 year run as Wyalusing Academy, the former treatment center for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents has been vacant since 2014.  Wyalusing Academy has been located in Prairie du Chien since the 1969. The historic building, however, will begin a new chapter with River to Valley Initiatives (RVI), a not-for-profit located in the region intent on re-purposing the building and land for a new chapter in its history. For more information about River to Valley Initiatives, click here.

Small Town Downtown Forum

Small towns have unique issues and needs that are often very different from those of larger communities. These forums are intended to bring together those serving and working in and with communities of populations less than 1,500 to learn from each other through case studies, round-tables and discussion groups. Everyone who cares about the future of small town Wisconsin is invited to attend. 

Four Regional Workshops
Aug. 25, 2015 - Elroy
Aug. 26, 2015 - Green Lake
Sept. 8, 2015 - Mercer
Sept. 9, 2015 - Hammond

Registration Fee:

To more details about Small Town Forums or to register, click here.

WEDC New Leadership

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors unanimously elected new officers in the private sector who bring strong leadership experience. The four new officers have near a combined upper management experience of 75 years in the private sector.
Dan Ariens, president and CEO of the Ariens Co., was elected chairman of the board; Lisa Mauer, president of Rickert Industries in Milwaukee, is the new vice chairman; Nancy Hernandez, president and founder of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing and Communication was elected secretary; and Scott Klug, managing director of public affairs of Foley and Lardner was re-elected treasurer. For more information about the WEDC, click here.

Half Day Intro to QRM Workshop

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Quick Response Manufacturing invite you to learn how you can reduce lead times to cut costs for low-volume, high-variety or custom-engineered products and outperform your competitors.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
12:00 - 4:30 PM 
Hilton Garden Inn - Schaumburg
1191 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60173

For more information about the workshop or to register, click here.

Export Compliance: Taking it to the Next level

The Wisconsin District Export Council is organizing a two day Export Compliance Training Seminar featuring a variety of high level speakers to guide companies on taking their Export Compliance Program to the next level. This program is geared for those that already have a basic understanding of export compliance and are looking to expand and improve upon their knowledge.

Date(s) & Time: 
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:00 AM -
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 4:30 PM
Marcus Majestic Cinema
770 North Springdale Road

Brookfield, WI 53186

For more information about the seminar or to register, click here.

Prison Opening Presents Opportunities for Housing Developers

The federal prison at Thomson, Illinois. is expected to have 300 employees on the job by year-end and employment is expected to eventually grow to 1,100 when the facility is fully activated. The boom in employment has local communities striving to provide sufficient single- and multi-family housing. Lisa McCarthy, Executive Director of the Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA), says community leaders are welcoming new residential development efforts.

Opportunities for single-family and multi-family dwelling construction are available.  The Meadows of Savanna, located just eight miles south of the prison, is a ready-to-build residential subdivision with all utilities and streets completed. 

For more information about the property, click here.
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