The purpose of the Economic Development Ordinance is to regulate economic development programs and incentives to protect the public health, safety, general welfare and tax base of the City. Financial Assistance Programs work to maintain the economic vitality of the City of LaCrosse, create good-paying jobs, and assist in the retention and expansion of local businesses.
The City has been a major player in the local economy with its economic development programs and projects for numerous local companies over the years, including: the Trane Company, Gundersen Medical System, Kwik Trip, Logistics Health, Chart Energy, City Brewery, Dura-Tech, the People’s Food Co-op, Buzzard Billy’s, Coulee Region Business Center, International Bake Shoppe, Fowler & Hammer, and others. The City was instrumental in the creation of the Coulee Region Business Center and in creating four industrial parks in the City.
The Economic Development Commission (EDC) was created via the Ordinance 2.23 to act as an advisory body to the Common Council. The Commission shall oversee the administration of the City’s Business Assistance Programs, and address issues common to the City’s economic vitality and viability.
The EDC will coordinate the preparation, implementation, and annual monitoring of Tax Incremental Districts, as well as negotiate the level of development incentive needed in accordance with the provisions of the ordinance. In accordance with Wis. Statutes, Common Council shall have final approval authority of all agreements.
For projects that are larger in scope than the Business Assistance Programs listed above, please see the Standards and Process for Economic Development Incentives. This document is a summary of the Economic Development Ordinance and application process.