President Obama expected to visit La Crosse Thursday

The White House says he will be in the area for an event about the economy

President Barack Obama will be visiting the La Crosse area this week.

A White House official says the president will be in the area for an event on the economy this Thursday. It will be the first time since 2008 President Obama has been to La Crosse.

Last time, he spoke to an estimated 15,000 outside of the La Crosse Center.

Representative Ron Kind held a press conference this afternoon at UW-La Crosse, saying that while we’ve made progress economically the president would agree that there is plenty of room to improve.

“While clearly we’ve turned the corner and we’re seeing some good economic growth, I think President Obama will be the first to admit that there’s more work that needs to be done in order to grow the economy with good paying jobs, to strengthen and grow the middle class, and help wages start increasing too,” said Kind.

The chair of the La Crosse County Democratic Party says that it’s always exciting when the sitting president comes to visit our area.

“It’s fantastic, you know, everybody’s been talking about the week, the week, you know, marriage, and affordable care act, and now this. I mean, it’s really something,” said La Crosse County Democratic Party Chair J. D. Wine.

Few details are known about the event, but News 8 will keep you updated as more information becomes available.