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News Spotlight:  Recap on LADCO's 52nd Annual Meeting

On January 26, 2024, we hosted Jay Rothman, Universities of Wisconsin President, to discuss the importance of higher education in our changing world. We also presented our winners for the Distinguished Service Award and the President's Award. We want to thank our sponsors Xcel Energy, La Crosse Regional Airport, and Dairyland Power Cooperative for helping us make this event possible. For more information on our award winners, check out our events page!


The Power
of Proximity


The La Crosse area is conveniently located between major Midwest metropolitan hubs.  With Minneapolis/St. Paul two hours away, Milwaukee three hours away, and Chicago & Des Moines, IA four hours away, you are never further than a half day’s travel from these major destinations.  All of these hubs connected via the Interstate system.  The region is also served by Amtrak's Empire Builder train, and the La Crosse Regional Airport, which features daily flights to Chicago via American Airlines.

Driving Times

La Crosse → Minneapolis = 2 hours 30 minutes

La Crosse → Des Moines  = 4 hours

La Crosse → Milwaukee = 3 hours

La Crosse → Chicago = 4 hours 20 minutes


Between Winona, MN & La Crosse, WI, the greater              La Crosse region produces more than 6,000 Associate and Bachelor degrees each year.  Through partnerships with other community development organizations, LADCO works with the goal of educating the local students about the low cost of living, abundant job opportunities, and the unparalleled quality of life in the Coulee Region.

Competitive and Growing Regional Benefits

Live Better for Less

Cost of Living

According to Sperling’s Best Places, with the number 100 representing the national average, La Crosse scored 84.4 for overall cost of living, meaning the cost to live in La Crosse is substantially less expensive than the national average. 

Key Investors within the Coulee Region

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Important information on
La Crosse area development

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Contact Us

La Crosse Area Development Corporation

Address: 601 7th St N • La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: (608) 784-5488 • Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

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Executive Director

(608) 784-5488 ext. 1

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Alora Fitzgerald

Program Coordinator

(608) 784-5488 ext. 2

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Associate Director

(608) 784-5488 ext. 1

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