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Ft. McCoy says it brings in $2.5 billion a year in economic benefit to the area



Monroe County’s military base had an economic impact of $2.5 billion on the region last year. 

Fort McCoy reports the fiscal 2022 contribution was about $600 million higher than the year before. 

The fort says 77,000 troops trained there between October of 2021 and last September.

The report says the troops help local businesses and the La Crosse Regional Airport, where many of them fly in and out of in their travels.

Fort McCoy also had 1,300 civilian employees, during the fiscal year, along with 586 military workers and over 500 contract employees, according to the report. 

It also states that the more than $40 million in military construction on the base also helped the area’s economy. 

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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