President Obama to visit La Crosse area Thursday for "event on the economy"

LA CROSSE -- President Barack Obama is coming to Wisconsin this week.

The White House confirmed that President Obama will travel to La Crosse, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 2nd to deliver remarks on the economy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The President’s remarks are open to the public.

The La Crosse Tribune reports it is Obama's first visit to La Crosse since being elected president and the city's first presidential appearance in more than a decade.

Obama last was in La Crosse on October 1st, 2008, during his first presidential campaign. He spoke to an estimated 15,000 people gathered on the streets outside the La Crosse Center.

This will be the first time a sitting president has been in La Crosse since 2004, when George W. Bush made two campaign appearances.

Ticket Distribution Information

Tickets for President Obama's remarks at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed to the public beginning at 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 30 at the following location:

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Cartwright Student Center
1741 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are required for entry.  Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) issued this statement on President Obama's visit to Wisconsin:

“It is always exciting to welcome the President to western Wisconsin. His last visit to La Crosse was in 2008 as then candidate Obama. While we have made progress on economic growth President Obama would be the first to say that there is more work to be done to expand the economy and strengthen and grow the middle class. On Thursday Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to hear directly from the President about how we can work together in a divided government to continue to grow the economy and create jobs,” Rep. Kind stated.