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Consultant wants separate managers for La Crosse Center arena and convention business

Brad Williams

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More hiring may be in the cards at the La Crosse Center. 

A consultant, who checked out the civic center last month, says the building should have a three-person management team to separately run the convention center, the arena and the building’s finances. 

In a written report, consultant Scott Chard argued that an expanded La Crosse Center will not operate well unless the management staff is increased and reorganized. 

Chard’s plan calls for Center director Art Fahey to run the arena, finance director Sue Weiman to head administration, while a third person would be in charge of convention business. 

The staff worries that adding more employees could put the building in the red for the first time in 20 years, when the previous addition to the civic center was being built.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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