The idea of bringing in private management to operate the La Crosse Center takes another step forward.
The center’s board of directors has voted to enlist a Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions Sports and Leisure, to look into the plan, similar to how civic centers in Rochester, Rockford, and Sioux City are run.
La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds has proposed the private management option, and points out that it’s still just an idea.
“I’m not advocating that we sign a contractor tomorrow,” says the mayor, but he says the city must act on the opportunity to find new management, since
If the city council approves, La Crosse could spend up to $25,000 on a study to be done by CSL.
Fahey says his staff has contacted five other civic centers in the region to see how they’re being run, and most are under contracted management.
“So the four that obviously are in it have been in it for a number of years, and they seem to be satisfied with the situation,” says Fahey. “Mankato, in their situation, said that we’re running it fine, there was no problems.”
, much in the same way that the Forest Hills Golf Course is operated.