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7 Rivers survey to provide info on how area businesses are doing

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How are businesses in the La Crosse area holding up in the current economy?  The 7 Rivers Alliance is ready to find out, so it can help companies and their employees do well. 

The Alliance has launched its annual business retention survey online.  Chris Hardie, the CEO of the Alliance, says answers to the survey (take it here) may help provide answers as to how some places are doing better than others.

“Houston County in May had a 1.4 percent unemployment,” Hardie said. “That means there were only, I think, a hundred people in Houston County sitting on the sidelines.”

Hardie added that the Houston County jobless figure is “historically” low. Results of the survey will be tallied after the process is complete, at the end of August.

The alliance skipped doing a survey a year ago, because of the pandemic. 

Hardie said answers to the survey can actually help develop programs to assist business.

The survey will be available for taking online through the end of August. Anyone in a company can take the survey, as long as only one person does it for a given company.

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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