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La Crosse Center leaders preparing to interview possible management companies for building



With the La Crosse Center director getting ready to retire this month, a special panel is planning to meet with companies interested in operating the civic center.

Members of a management subcommittee are trying to figure out how a private firm could meet the Center’s needs.

La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry director Jay Odegaard, who sits on the study committee, said an out-of-town company might be good at finding new employees or bringing more concerts to the Center.

Many La Crosse Center customers complain that the building doesn’t put on enough concerts.

The recent $42-million expansion and renovation of the Center was aimed mainly at updating the building’s infrastructure and providing more space for conventions, which tend to bring in more tourist spending than concerts do.

Center director Art Fahey is scheduled to retire on Oct. 20, but could continue to serve as a member of the special study committee.

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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