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ADVOCACY

La Crosse
Regional Airport (LSE)

LADCO helped host a meeting with area businesses on February 29, 2024, to discuss air services at the La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE). Read below for additional resources.

 

  • LSE Business Meeting Presentation. JD Roberts, Airport Business Manager at LSE, presented at the February 29th meeting on Delta's departure, its importance to the business community, and airline opportunities for the future. For the full presentation, click here

  • LSE Business Meeting Media Coverage. The La Crosse Tribune covered the February 29th meeting and reaffirmed the message to the public to "fly local." Roughly 50 people gathered at the La Crosse County Administrative Center to discuss strategies to keep passenger air service viable at the city-owned facility. Fore more information, read the full article here!

  • LSE Work Group. LADCO is part of a work group formed from public, private, and non-profit sectors to raise awareness of air services, airport economic development, and to raise local funding commitments toward supporting air services. Click here for a full Air Services Work Group summary.

  • LSE Survey Results. LADCO helped distribute a survey to leisure travelers with results from nearly 2,000 respondents. The purpose of this survey was to help LSE better understand consumer preferences. For a summary of the survey responses, click here

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Northern Grain Belt Ports

La Crosse is the host city for the Northern Grain Belt Ports (NGBP) Annual Meeting. This conference helps build a common unified vision for the port cities of the Upper Mississippi. The NGBP is the newest of the four Corn Belt Port Regions. The ports are located in La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, Winona, Wabasha and Red Wing. 

The goal of these ports is recognition.  According to Brennan Marine president Adam Binsfeld, the port is part of the top 100 ports in the country. It played a vital role during the recent summer droughts.

"The river, it's been shallow, but the engineers have done an outstanding job in dredging and staying ahead of issues. We learned a lot of things last year both above St Louis and below St Louis and this year I feel they're doing an outstanding job," Binsfeld says. Binsfeld is happy the port is recognized at the national level.

For more information on the Northern Grain Belt Ports, click here. To learn more about promoting cooperation and coordination for the Corn Belt Ports, check out this PDF

TCMC
Passenger Rail

The Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Intercity Passenger Rail Project adds a second, daily round-trip passenger rail service to the 411-mile corridor used by Amtrak's long-distance Empire Builder and Hiawatha routes, while also improving freight movement. TCMC leverages existing resources to cost-effectively improve regional intercity transportation in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. 

Project Highlights:

  • Provides more choices for regional travelers with time-sensitive plans and schedules, making more trips viable by rail

  • Uses existing infrastructure stations and equipment to keep project costs down

  • Improves operations and expands capacity to provide more reliable service with better on-time performance for both passenger and freight trains

  • Improves intercity connections throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota with added rail schedules that connect to intercity bus and shuttle services, air travel, and local transit.

For more information on the TCMC Passenger Rail, click here

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