News Release

Published on Thursday, September 25, 2008

Western Technical College will be hosting an Economic and Rural Development Tour on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the tour is to allow participants to explore new concepts in rural economic development, experience new and innovative ideas and business concepts, develop an understanding of how entrepreneurs are helping to build the economy in Western Wisconsin, and learn how the technical college and other agencies have provided support to these efforts.

This year, the tour will visit a wind generator designed and built by Paul Wolfe, a retired teacher from Tomah; the Lemonweir Telephone Company in Camp Douglas; Petenwell Industries in Necedah; Walker Stainless Steel in New Lisbon, and Burr Oak Winery also in New Lisbon.

Lunch will be served on the Cruisin’ Turtle Boat on the Castle Rock Flowage in New Lisbon. During the meal, Terry Whipple of the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation and Jim Goldsmith from the Juneau County UW-Extension will discuss “Why Juneau County?” Topics will include the Necedah Wildlife Refuge Whooping Crane Story and the economic impact of the Necedah ethanol plant.

Cost is $40 and includes registration, transportation, materials, lunch and refreshments. Buses will have pick up and drop off locations at the Western Technical College La Crosse Campus, the Sparta Country Kitchen, and the Western Tomah Campus.

Registration is required by contacting Gary Kirking at or phone at 608.374.7700 (Tomah) or 608.847.7364 (Mauston).