During my time at 7 Rivers Alliance, we worked to bring together a partnership of businesses, education, government, and nonprofits, to sign a Collaborative Compact.

Thirty-six organizations agreed to work together to build the economic base of our entire region – SUCH AS Gundersen, Kwik Trip, Onalaska Township, Holmen, La Crosse School District and Xcel Energy. We worked collaboratively to grow into new markets while promoting innovation. This helps companies thrive and put their local goods into global markets and to do business with government, which supports higher-paying jobs.

As Mayor, I will utilize my experience to get all parties to the table to work to mutually benefit our city and region.

"Executive Director Vicki Markussen presented the goals and future vision of the 7 Rivers Alliance during the next year. She said business leaders have spoken and that the region is a ‘grow from within community’ that is receptive to partnerships and collaboration.”


Vicki Markussen


Founder, Engage Greater La Crosse