La Crosse Center receives $1.9 million in COVID-19 relief

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse Center will receive nearly $2 million in COVID-19 relief through a federal shuttered venue operators grant.

Rep. Ron Kind announced Friday that the city-owned convention center’s application has been approved and it will receive $1,919,682.82 in funding from the federal COVID-19 relief packages passed by Congress to help recover from the economic damage of the pandemic.

“It’s great to see the COVID-19 relief packages Congress passed and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program working to support venues like the La Crosse Center,” said Kind. “As the first to close and the last to open, these small businesses faced serious challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. I’m thrilled to see the La Crosse Center receive the relief it needs to build back, and I’m looking forward to highlighting more great local venues as these grants continue to roll out.”

La Crosse Center Director Art Fahey thanked Kind and Sen. Tammy Baldwin for supporting the shuttered venue operators grant program.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded this Shuttered Venue Operator’s Grant. It will help us through tough times that were caused by the COVID pandemic with the venue’s operations and for providing a great experience for all our guests. We want to thank Representative Ron Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin for including this program in the recovery budget,” said Fahey in a statement.