Economic Gateway http://www.polkcountyedc.com Polk County Economic Development Corporation News RSS Feed Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:14:54 -0500 en-US Apprenticeship program receives recognition http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2160/apprenticeship-program-receives-recognition http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Amery’s Youth Apprenticeship Program was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation at the group’s annual awards banquet, held May 15 in Balsam Lake. The district received one of two Public Partnership Awards that were presented. Amery Public Schools has shown a commitment to both the development of Amery High School students... Second Avenue Crossing whiskey tasting earns statewide recognition http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2159/second-avenue-crossing-whiskey-tasting-earns-statewide-recognition http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Osceola Area Chamber and Main Street Program was recognized for its outstanding downtown revitalization efforts at the 27th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony this April in Ripon. Second Avenue Crossing took top honors with the Best Cooperative Business Marketing Award for their whiskey tasting event last October. The tasting boasted samples... 30 years of the Wisconsin Main Street Program http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2480/30-years-of-the-wisconsin-main-street-program http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 As we prepare to celebrate Wisconsin’s downtowns for #WIMainSt Day, we are also celebrating 30 years of the Wisconsin Main Street program. Check out this video about what makes this program so special!   Manufacturers get sneak peek into future fab lab http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2158/manufacturers-get-sneak-peek-into-future-fab-lab http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Area manufacturers and skilled tradespeople gathered at the site of the future Discovery Center Fab Lab and Workforce Development Center for a hard hat luncheon hosted by the Inspire…Building a Center of Discovery fundraising campaign.  Speaker Mark Tyler spoke about fabrication laboratories as a local resource for training the next generation of... Watershed Cafe recognized for stewardship http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2157/watershed-cafe-recognized-for-stewardship http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 An Osceola restaurant has earned this year’s St. Croix Watershed Stewardship Award. In May, the St. Croix River Association recognized the Watershed Cafe and its owners, Rita and Steve Rasmuson, for their contributions to stewardship of the St. Croix River and its broader watershed.  Rita and Steve opened the Watershed Cafe... Liaison, organizer, visionary: ArtBarn names new executive director http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2156/liaison-organizer-visionary-artbarn-names-new-executive-director http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Recipe for an executive director at a small-town arts center: Mix equal parts event planner, volunteer coordinator and visionary. Add a dash of diplomacy and a pinch of ambition. Stir gently. At the St. Croix ArtBarn, a new executive director took the helm January 1. An Amery resident and longtime volunteer... Wisconsin Looks To Address Long-Term And Short-Term Workforce Challenges http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2155/wisconsin-looks-to-address-longterm-and-shortterm-workforce-challenges http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 State Faces Workforce Shortages Due To Economic Conditions, Demographics It will take a range of approaches to address the state's long- and short-term workforce needs, according to Wisconsin's secretary of workforce development. Ray Allen said that with the latest unemployment rate at a record-low 2.8 percent, his agency is working to help employers... Wisconsin’s bioscience industry employment growth outpaces nation but wage growth lags national average http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2154/wisconsins-bioscience-industry-employment-growth-outpaces-nation-but-wage-growth-lags-national-average http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Employment growth in Wisconsin’s bioscience industry has outpaced the national average in recent years, according to a new study from a national biotechnology trade organization. According to the report from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Wisconsin saw 5.8 percent growth in employment in the bioscience industry from 2014-16, compared to the national average... Qualified New Business Ventures will no longer have to pay additional state fees http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2153/qualified-new-business-ventures-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-additional-state-fees http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 New state law expected to save start-up companies thousands of dollars Madison, WI.  — Wisconsin early-stage companies that are certified as Qualified New Business Ventures and incorporated as C corporations in other states will no longer have to pay additional assessment fees under a new state law that takes effect today. Until today,... Foxconn announces $1 million “Smart City, Smart Future” competition; partners with Wisconsin universities and technical colleges on statewide initiative http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2152/foxconn-announces-1-million-smart-city-smart-future-competition-partners-with-wisconsin-universities-and-technical-colleges-on-statewide-initiative http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 New initiative will encourage innovative ideas from students and faculty for smart connected cities and systems to better serve Wisconsin Kenosha, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) today announced a “Smart City, Smart Future” initiative in which the company will partner with higher education institutions statewide to seek out the best new... Housing Demand Outpacing Supply http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2149/housing-demand-outpacing-supply http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Over the past several months, a lot of people have asked me about available housing in Polk County.  Some of these people are first-time buyers while others are seeking to ‘downsize’ to a smaller home or even ‘senior housing’ with less maintenance and responsibilities.  There are also those who wish... Entrepreneurs Go Rural in Polk County http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2028/entrepreneurs-go-rural-in-polk-county http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The economy is growing and now is an excellent time to own a business. For any entrepreneur who has the next big-idea, or for established businesses looking to grow, 2018 is the time to make key business decisions and implement strategies for growth. Polk County Economic Development Corporation supports local... Teamwork: A Key to Success http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1916/teamwork-a-key-to-success http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 In the midst of the NBA and NHL finals one might think a discussion on teamwork belongs on the sports pages.  But the teamwork I am referring to is not played on a basketball court or on a sheet of ice.  This teamwork is demonstrated right here in Polk County... Broadband Forward! Community http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1914/broadband-forward!-community http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 29 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Polk County recently enacted an ordinance which encourages the expansion of broadband internet in the county.  Due to the passing of this resolution, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin certified Polk County as a Broadband Forward! Community.  This certification identifies local units of government that have taken steps to reduce... Polk County EDC Award Winners Recognized http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1913/polk-county-edc-award-winners-recognized http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Polk County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Awards Banquet was held Tuesday, May 15th, at Paradise Landing in Balsam Lake.  The banquet is held each year to recognize the economic and community contributions of local businesses.  This year, the EDC expanded its pool of recipients to include public or government... The Power of One Small Business http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1912/the-power-of-one-small-business http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 01 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 In the finance section of newspapers and on TV we often hear about enormous businesses taking sweeping actions that impact large numbers of workers and communities.  In fact, in our own state we have been hearing about the Wisconsin Foxconn project for over a year.  These stories make headlines because... Small steps, big dreams http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1911/small-steps-big-dreams http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 27 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Seventeen-year-old Julia Sandberg has always been drawn to the kitchen. She taught herself to cook at home but, through an apprenticeship at the Watershed Cafe, has expanded her skill set. Carter Rasmuson, another apprentice at the popular Osceola restaurant, jokes that he’d been working with his parents since age 12 and... Manpower Hiring Forecast Carries Good News For Wisconsin http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1908/manpower-hiring-forecast-carries-good-news-for-wisconsin http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 State Is Tied For Best Outlook By 1 Measure Wisconsin is tied for first among states in a national hiring forecast from the Milwaukee-based temporary services firm ManpowerGroup. ManpowerGroup says 32 percent of Wisconsin employers surveyed plan to add workers this spring. Only 2 percent expect layoffs. ManpowerGroup calls that a 30 percent... Lakeland Communications Brings Fiber to Polk County http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1910/lakeland-communications-brings-fiber-to-polk-county http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The availability of broadband is critical to economic growth. With broadband, Polk County can attract entrepreneurs, startups and larger companies who depend on their ability to instantly connect to the internet and conduct business remotely. Lakeland Communications understands the importance of broadband and has been actively working to place fiber... Increasing the productivity of Wisconsin manufacturers http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1907/increasing-the-productivity-of-wisconsin-manufacturers http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The goal of the Total Productivity Initiative is to increase productivity at the company level, and to bring these improvements to scale where the aggregate gains drive economic expansion in the state of Wisconsin. This is a call to action for Wisconsin and the state’s manufacturers. Productivity is the engine of... Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1906/wisconsins-cluster-accelerators-highlight-innovative-business-development-approach http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Supporters of Wisconsin’s statewide startup ecosystem understand the key to success is delivering the right resources to the right entrepreneurs at the right time and in the right place. Wisconsin’s industry development strategy leverages a versatile investment tool—the Targeted Industry Project Program administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)—to support catalytic initiatives... Agriculture in Polk County Strong All Year http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1909/agriculture-in-polk-county-strong-all-year http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 02 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 During my recent vacation to Florida I was amazed at how green and lush the surroundings were during the height of winter.  Coconut Palm trees, orchards, and farms were thriving.  For a moment I wondered how agriculture-based counties in Wisconsin could compete economically given the fact that green plants are... The Experience Economy is Set to Grow in 2018 http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1897/the-experience-economy-is-set-to-grow-in-2018 http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 26 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The economy is growing and now is an excellent time to join the new experience economy. For any entrepreneur who has the next big-idea or an established business looking to grow, 2018 is the time to make key business decisions and implement strategies for growth. Polk County Economic Development Corporation(PCEDC)... Serenity Home seeks help in finding future location http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1904/serenity-home-seeks-help-in-finding-future-location http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The future location of Serenity Home Shelter has been in question since spring 2017.  The Polk County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the county’s lease with the shelter for three years. After that time, the shelter will likely have to move. Currently, Serenity Home is located in the old Polk... New Clayton Businesses http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/1903/new-clayton-businesses http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0500 CLayton Village President Joe Berghammer presented welcome certificiates of appreciation to two new Clayton businesses. Sara Bahgat of Fur-r-r-y Fashions pet grooming and  Joey Monson-Lillie of Joey Monson-Lillie Photography each opened their businesses this January on Olson Street, next to the laundromat adjacent to Highway 63. You can reach Fur-r-r-y Fashions by calling...