Business leaders from around the area came together Monday to talk economic development.
Hundreds of people turned out for the annual La Crosse Area Development Corporation Meeting at the Radisson in La Crosse. It's an opportunity to network and learn about the local business climate.
Headlining the event was Representative Ron Kind. He talked about the tough year in Washington with the budget battle and bipartisanship.
Kind hopes small businesses don't get lost in the struggles. "Small businesses have really been the backbone of Western Wisconsin's economy and that's why I've tried to create a nice coalition of support in Congress, so that when anything is coming up that might affect their interest, they've got a voice at the table, and they're being treated fairly," said Rep. Kind.
LADCO has been serving our area since 1971.