Former Trek executive Mary Burke made her first visit to La Crosse on Saturday since announcing she is running for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Gov. Scott Walker.
Burke stopped at Jules Coffee in downtown La Crosse for a closed-door meeting with business owners to discuss how to create more jobs in the area.
She said the focus needs to be on helping the Wisconsin economy rebound.
"Right next door in Minnesota the unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, whereas here in Wisconsin it's 6.7 percent. They've gotten back all the jobs they lost in the recession and we're still clawing our way back. Jobs brings money to any community," Burke said.
Burke said if elected governor, she'll focus on helping stimulate the state's economy while bringing people together.
"It is about investing in our infrastructure and it's making sure entrepreneurs have the tools and support they need to get started and that small businesses can grow," said Burke.
The gubernatorial election is in November, 2014.