The newly formed Driftless Development, Inc., the economic development organization for Crawford County, has taken the bull by the horns and already has much going on in its continuing effort to improve the economy of the county and the region.
“With economic conditions improving around the state and in many parts of the nation, now is a perfect time to aggressively work on and position this area to capture its share of growth and prosperity with a focused economic development program,” said Driftless Development Executive Director Jim Bowman.
The Driftless Development Transition Board is working diligently to achieve an aggressive agenda over the next six months with a focus on quickly getting organized while working on impactful initiatives, said Bowman.
On Jan. 1, the new organization was officially and legally born. A permanent board of directors will be seated by July 1. Bowman said that county citizens might want to consider serving on the permanent board, and that Driftless Development is actively seeking board members.... ...more
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map, is a great illustration of the entire region we want to share with
our readers. In the coming months, we will be expanding our channels,
adding original content to motivate and inspire, and illustrate with
you the opportunities for community, business, and personal growth that
exist in this special and unique region. ...more
for announcements in coming issues as to how you too can get involved
with this regional initiative for sustainable and vibrant growth and
perspective on how we can best share "our common ground".
Ken Notes: We should use a detailed map like this to share the resources of the driftless: Like:
- Hiking and Bike Trails
Places to Stay
Places To Eat
Breweries and Wineries
Organic Farms and Food Outlets
Canoe and Kayak Streams and Rivers
.... And More
The majority of the Driftless is found in Wisconsin and involves all or part of Pierce
, Eau Claire
, La Crosse
, and Lafayette
counties. La Crosse
is the principal urban area wholly within the Driftless Area, while the larger Madison
far western suburbs are located on the edges of the area. The most
rugged part of Wisconsin`s Driftless area is also called the Ocooch Mountains
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The counties involved include all or part of Dakota
, and Mower
. Aside from the southeastern suburban sprawl of the Twin Cities, Rochester
is the main urban area. Additional communities include Red Wing
, La Crescent
It encompasses all of Allamakee
, and part of Clayton
, and Jackson
is the only metropolitan area.
The portion is confined mainly to Jo Daviess County
; western parts of Carroll County
(the Mississippi River bluffs
characteristic of the Driftless terminate around Savanna
) and a tiny portion of northwest Whiteside County
are also included.
La Crosse Events
Prairie du Chien Events
Mineral Point Events
Spring Green Events
Lake City Events
Richland Center Events
MOSES, 7 Rivers, Prosperity SW, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, River Arts Alliance, Kickapoo Reserve, Driftless Wisconsin ...more
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Venture beyond the expected to find these brag-worthy local secrets in
southwestern Wisconsin, from the best pie you`ve ever had to a converted
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Hi Ken Here,
Summer is over and we hope you had a great season. We are trying to keep the region front and center as a vacation destination, the best road trip in the Midwest, a perfect place to retire, or a great location to start or grow a business.
We want to share our communities, fishing streams, entertainment venues, dining options, theatre, and special events with travel writers in Chicago, mid-westerners looking for something to do, as well as each other.
We want businesses to see that real lifestyle options exist outside Wisconsin`s metro regions. We want to share development ideas, agriculture, ways to preserve our environment, and entrepreneurial ideas. We want to ensure those looking at the Driftless that we function as a region and will all step up to help in any way we can.
We can tell the stories, highlight the successes, find the hidden gems, offer ideas, and promote the region. Hell we will even make a movie about the Driftless.
BUT we need your help, we need companies to talk about, Communities to foster development, and small businesses to promote. If you are interested, just drop reply to editor@DriftlessNotes.com. We will include ALL who reply regardless of ability to financially support us.
We are ALSO looking for 16 communities, 16 businesses, and 16 organizations that can make a small financial contribution to defray our costs, but if that is not you just say I want to be included anyway and we will hook you up for free.
We are not building walls, we are building a region!
Travel Wisconsin Events
I`ll confess: I`m
completely obsessed with southwest Wisconsin. I think it is underrated
for a lot of reasons but mainly, because the Driftless Area`s unique and
gorgeous terrain makes this region worthy of national attention. With a
beautiful landscape comes a plethora of equally awesome events,
festivals, parks and activities worth experiencing. Get your highlighter
handy…I`m throwing 10 creative ideas at you to discover in Wisconsin`s
stunning southwest corner!
1. Fish it, canoe it or tube
down it — however you decide to relish Wisconsin`s largest river, you`ll
be awestruck by the remarkable views and diverse wildlife that surround
you on the Lower Wisconsin River.
2. Pack a picnic lunch, throw on a decent pair of hiking boots and tour the parks! Our top picks: Blue Mound State Park in Blue Mounds, Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area in Highland, Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville, and Wyalusing State Park in Bagley.
3. Amidst the southwestern Driftless Area`s
steep hills and valleys are 345 lakes. This is definitely a fisherman`s
dream destination. The abundant trout inhabiting cold-water streams in Richland and Vernon counties specifically entice fishing aficionados from afar.
4. Up for a unique history lesson? Take a step back in time and visit Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. Our crew recently spent some time filming at this former Dousman residence, one of the official Wisconsin Historic Sites. If you still haven`t satisfied your hankering for history, go experience Stonefield Historic Site
in Cassville for a look into a rural community at the turn of the 20th
century as well as the home and estate of Wisconsin`s first governor at Nelson Dewey State Park.
5. A sightseeing staple here in Wisconsin, the House on the Rock
in Spring Green definitely lives up to its fun and eclectic reputation.
This former vacation home — created by Alex Jordan–is now enjoyed by
thousands every year as an attraction, inn and resort.
is a nature and heritage center located in Coon Valley. Take a stroll
on the six miles of nature trails and enjoy the guided tours of the
restored Bekkum pioneer log homestead and the Skumsrud Heritage Farm,
which features an open-air museum with 12 different types of Norwegian
immigrant log houses.
7. When in Wisconsin, do as the Wisconsinites do: appreciate cheese. Stop by Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain for a tour of the facility and a deep dive into the art of cheesemaking.
For the adrenaline junky, we`ve got just the thing. Southwest Wisconsin
isn`t just nature walks and sightseeing, the area can really get your
heart pumping too. Get an adrenaline rush when you climb on-board a
small plane to enjoy 60 seconds of free fall over Lancaster with Airborne Skydiving.
9. An impressive line-up of country music stars will touch down in Wisconsin`s second oldest city for Country on the River, August 6-8, 2015. Artists such as Alabama, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and Big and Rich will make this music fest a must.
10. Journey to Platteville`s downtown historic district and check out the Mining Museum - Rollo Jamison Museum
for an underground tour of the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine. Psst…while you`re
in the area, be sure to climb the world`s largest M for a spectacular
view of southwest Wisconsin. ...more
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