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Strategic Partners

Economic development is a team sport! 

Crawford County enjoys support by a large group of organizations that partner with Driftless Development INC to assist business and communities to create an ideal environment for economic success.

The following are some of our Strategic Partners:

Business Support

Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber’s mission stands to enhance the quality of life, promote and preserve local resources, and foster business growth in Prairie du Chien and the surrounding area.

Southwest Wisconsin Small Business Development Center

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is a part of UW-Extension, is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. We support Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) assists individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses by providing direct lending, quality business and financial capability education and one-on-one technical business assistance.  Services are open to anyone but our focus is women, minorities and people of lower wealth – those most likely to face barriers in accessing financing or educational support.

Economic Development Organizations

7 Rivers Alliance

The 7 Rivers Alliance is a tri-state leadership council that boosts economic growth by fostering collaboration in Southwest Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa.

Community Development Alternatives, Inc.

Creating innovative alternatives for local community development that represent responsible, compassionate, and progressive opportunities for the future.


Couleecap fights poverty and promotes self-sufficiency, economic development, and social justice. We are People Helping People, and every day our actions make a difference in the lives of people and families throughout the Coulee Region.

Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin

Stronger economic development and greater quality of life in southwest Wisconsin through advanced manufacturing business services, progressive agriculture services and increased tourism are the focus of Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin.

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc.

SWCAP works to significantly and meaningfully involve low-income people in developing and carrying out anti-poverty programs.  They mobilize public and private resources in support of anti-poverty programs. Plan and evaluate both long and short-range strategies for overcoming poverty in the community.

University of Wisconsin – Extension

Cooperative Extension connects the people of Wisconsin with local leaders, lawmakers, families, scientists and communities to address the needs of Wisconsin’s people, plants and animals, in both urban and rural areas of the state.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is committed to creating and maintaining a business climate that allows you to maximize your potential. Working with more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry groups, we’re enhancing our communities, supporting business development, advancing industry innovation, tapping global markets and developing a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.


Primary K-12

Prairie du Chien Area School District

The Prairie du Chien Area School District in partnership with families and a supportive community, shares a strong commitment to provide quality educational opportunities to all, thus encouraging lifelong learning and nurturing honest, respectful, and responsible citizens prepared to meet the challenges of a changing global society.

North Crawford School District

We are all valued members of a learning community. In partnership with the parents and other citizens of North Crawford, the students, teachers and staff believe it is our mutual responsibility, as learners, to create and maintain a caring environment conducive to learning.  Opportunities, resources and time are available to each person at North Crawford to listen, learn from and communicate effectively with each other. We believe in a climate which is drug, alcohol, and violence free, where each participant is treated with respect and fairness.

Seneca Area School District

Our schools will strive to develop life-long learners who become productive citizens in an ever-changing society.  We will facilitate this by promoting leadership, self-esteem, achievement, and strong work ethics in our young people.  We will create and maintain a positive rapport between the District, the parents, and the community to unite all in the common goal of providing the best possible educational opportunities for our students.

Wauzeka-Steuben School District

Our vision is to prepare our students to become responsible, compassionate citizens empowered with the character, knowledge, and skills to make a difference in the world.  The School District of Wauzeka-Steuben, in an active partnership with families in the community, will work to inspire passion and achievement in all learners.

Higher Education

Southwest Technical College

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a preferred provider of education, source of talent, and place of employment in the region.

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is recognized for programs in allied health and the sciences, and is an accredited College of Business Administration, numerous programs in high tech areas, a renowned program in river studies, international connections, and a broad array of academic opportunities in the letters and humanities. In addition, we have a lively arts community and one of the finest NCAA Division III programs in the country.

University of Wisconsin – Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a comprehensive, four-year public institution of higher education founded in 1866. With tuition that ranks among the lowest for four-year colleges in the University of Wisconsin System, students receive a first-class education for a lot less.

Upper Iowa University

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study.

Western Technical College

As a student at Western, you’ll get the essential, hands-on education you need to build a better career—and make a better life! Our programs are designed to deliver the skills and experience needed in the workforce today.

Employment & Training

Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

The Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting innovation and providing quality local workforce development programs and services to businesses and residents in western Wisconsin.

Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting innovation and providing quality local workforce development programs and services to businesses and residents in Southwest Wisconsin.


City of Prairie du Chien

The second oldest City in Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien is a well-run small-town government dedicated to serve the people and businesses who call this community home.

Crawford County

Crawford County, one of Wisconsin’s original counties, was established by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1818, and named after William H. Crawford, President James Monroe’s Treasurer at the time.

Plan Commissions

Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC)

The Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC) is a Commission of nine counties located along the Mississippi River in Western Wisconsin.

Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC)

The Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission collaborates with communities and organizations to build capacity within southwestern Wisconsin, serving as advocates for its residents.


Crawford County Tourism Council

The Crawford County Tourism Council, a standing committee of Community Development Alternatives, Inc, represents the collaboration of several communities with the goal of promoting Crawford County as a tourism destination.  Beginning in 2003, the Council has successfully promoted the county through the print advertising, website development, and event creation.  CDA secured JEM (Joint Effort Marketing) from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to advertise the Driftless Area Art Festival and the Kickapoo Brave Ride, along with other companion events across the County. 

Driftless Wisconsin

Find out more about the tourism organizations who have partnered to create Driftless Wisconsin, and the companies who do business here.

Prairie du Chien Tourism Council

The Prairie du Chien Tourism Council is a standing council of the
Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Tourism Council is to promote the Prairie du Chien area as a tourism destination.

Travel Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s mission is to market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun. By executing industry-leading marketing programs, providing reliable travel information and establishing strategic partnerships, we play a significant role in delivering exceptional customer service and generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin.


BNSF Railroad

BNSF is a critical link that connects consumers with the global marketplace. For more than 160 years, BNSF has played a vital role in building and sustaining this nation’s economy.

Gavilon Barge Terminal

Gavilon’s vast network of more than 140 grain locations across the U.S. which handle more than 350 million bushels of grain per year, makes us a strong and reliable partner for our producers.

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad

The WSOR is a Class II regional railroad company operating in the southern half of the state of Wisconsin and a small portion of northeastern Illinois. WSOR operates 802 miles of branch and mainline track traversing a total of 21 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois, making it Wisconsin’s second largest railroad.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

WisDOT supports all forms of transportation. The department is responsible for planning, building and maintaining Wisconsin’s network of state highways and Interstate highway system. The department shares the costs of building and operating county and local transportation systems – from highways to public transit and other modes. WisDOT plans, promotes and financially supports statewide air, rail and water transportation.

The department works closely with other state, federal and local agencies to meet changing and growing travel needs. Transportation impacts everyone and WisDOT is committed to providing the safest, most efficient and highest quality transportation services to best serve the needs of the state, its citizens and many visitors.


Alliant Energy

Powering tomorrow – Growing business and communities in Iowa and Wisconsin


From IT, hosting and managed services for your business to High-speed Internet, TV and Voice for your home, we work to constantly improve our technology, so your life constantly improves too.

Madison Gas

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) generates and distributes electricity to 151,000 customers in Dane County and purchases and distributes natural gas to 158,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE’s roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.


Mediacom Business delivers internet, phone and TV services to businesses of all sizes.

Richland Grant Telephone Cooperative 

The cooperative serves Blue River, Boaz, Sabin, Soldiers Grove & Gays Mills. Through the Cooperative and its subsidiaries, we offer local telephone, long distance, and Internet and Digital TV services.

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