News Release

Published on Friday, January 07, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Western Wisconsin Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Viterbo University are joining forces to sponsor a three-part community forum on the effects of globalization, titled "Global Trade and Local Jobs."

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. for three consecutive Thursdays, the forum will provide an opportunity for education and dialogue on globalization issues and their impact on local jobs and the area economy. All sessions are free and open to the public.

The series kicks off Feb. 17 at WWTC in Room 200 of the Academic Resource Center, located at the corner of 7th and Badger Streets. Terry Ludeman, chief labor economist with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, will discuss the effects of the new global economy on our local job market with his presentation, "Where Have All the Jobs Gone?" Terry Hicks, president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, will also contribute to the discussion.

On Feb. 24, the series moves to Viterbo's Reinhart Center (900 Viterbo Dr.) for, "American Jobs: Is Our Way of Life at Stake?" Participants will view the video “American Jobs,” which explores the impact of foreign competition on American workers, families, and communities. Following the video, Viterbo political analyst Keith Knutson and UW-L economist T.J. Brooks will lead a discussion.

The series culminates on March 3 with a Town Hall Meeting at UW-L's Cleary Alumni & Friends Center (corner of East Ave. N. and La Crosse St.) for the discussion, "Is Anybody Listening? Making Your Voice Heard at Home and Abroad." La Crosse Tribune publisher Rusty Cunningham will moderate a panel discussion. Participants include Sue Beitlich, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union; Brian Rude, a former legislator now with Dairyland Power; and Al Trapp, past president of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce.

The forum is presented in partnership with The Reinhart Institute, the La Crosse Tribune, La Crosse County, and the League of Women Voters. For more information, visit