As Chair of the County Board, one of my priorities was to ensure that La Crosse County continued to grow--even in a difficult economy. That is why I worked to establish the development of the Lakeview Business Park. Lakeview Business Park has helped create hundreds of new jobs in our area and allowed for the retention of hundreds of existing jobs, which could have been lost in this economic downturn.
The development of Lakeview shows how private/public partnerships can and should work. This project was a collaboration of La Crosse County, Village of West Salem, La Crosse Area Development Corporation, Xcel Energy and Century Tel.
We need more of this collaboration in Madison, and I will continue the work I've done to enhance job growth in our area--working not only with government entities, but with our private sector partners.