Forward La Crosse Campaign Hosted Workshops and Discussion for Business Owners, Community Organizations, and Residents

To date, 1,807 responses and comments have been collected from the public, the deadline for online participation is July 29, 2022.

La Crosse, WI (June 29, 2022): The City of La Crosse Planning and Development Department hosted various breakout sessions this past week as part of its public input campaign Forward La Crosse. Stakeholder sessions included discussions on housing, economic development, land use, and community facilities.

Feedback was collected from business owners, community organizations, and residents and was facilitated by Milwaukee, WI based company GRAEF. GRAEF is a multi-discipline engineering, planning, and design firm with ten offices located in the Midwest, Florida and Turks and Caicos.

The GRAEF consultant team had a wonderful trip to La Crosse, where we enjoyed a tour of the City, it’s robust downtown, and it’s many natural features such as the Mississippi River and bluffs.  We enjoyed learning more about goals and ideas around key comprehensive planning topics: land use, housing, economic development, intergovernmental coordination, and transportation and getting to know some key stakeholders.  All of this will guide the comprehensive planning process and help our team develop themes and goals.  We look forward to continued conversations through the public engagement process.

Mary Walker Kramer

Planner & Urban Designer, GRAEF

Additionally, further in-person community feedback and engagement opportunities will be announced soon. In-person meetings include multiple public engagement opportunities, resident panels, interviews, and focus groups.

Currently, there are five ways (modules) to participate on the public engagement site; these are interactive ways for residents and students to provide feedback about the comprehensive plan for the City of La Crosse ( To date, 1,807 responses and comments have been collected from the public, the deadline for online participation is July 29, 2022.

These online modules are also accessible at the La Crosse Public Library at 800 Main Street in La Crosse, WI during regular business hours via a dedicated computer terminal.

La Crosse non-profits, community leaders, and businesses are invited to help spread the message about contributing to La Crosse’s future planning by sharing the Forward La Crosse campaign website

Visitors to have the opportunity to access interactive features designed to make providing feedback simple, easy, and fun.

Media Contacts:

Tim Acklin, AICP
Planning Administrator
City of La Crosse Planning and Development
400 La Crosse St. La Crosse, WI 54601