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Gov. Evers makes Pump House his first stop on “Travel and Tourism Week” trip



Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is greeted at La Crosse's Pump House on May 8, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

A week long tour by Gov. Tony Evers to encourage travel in Wisconsin kicked off Monday with a stop in downtown La Crosse.

Evers made his first-ever visit to the Pump House Regional Arts Center, highlighting music, theater and visual art as attractions that can draw people to towns and cities.

Gov. Tony Evers views artworks at La Crosse’s Pump House arts center on May 8, 2023 (P{HOTO: Brad Williams)

The governor noted that arts groups were hit hard by the pandemic.

“We’re really glad that things are coming back, and our tourism industry is far exceeding our expectations,” Evers said. “As economic development, we did more than any of our surrounding states as far as income” from arts programs.

The Pump House was able to obtain a state grant for $288,000 to make building improvements.

Evers said the state could encourage more tourism by investing money into museums and performing arts groups.

“The arts are part of the tourism industry here in Wisconsin,” Evers said, noting the Pump House is one reason why visitors should come downtown.

The former water department pumping building on King Street has been used for concerts, plays and art exhibits since the 1970s.

The local Artspire festival, coming up in June, will be based in and around the Pump House.

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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  1. Walden

    May 9, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Please report back later to tell us what this outfit did with the $288,000. This is why the Republicants are keeping a tight watch on state finds. Just give the money back to the taxpayers.

    Good to see Pfaff is back in the camera. Missed him yesterday.

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