Economic Gateway http://www.polkcountyedc.com Polk County Economic Development Corporation News RSS Feed Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:27:01 -0500 en-US Banker picks up college tuition for entire school class ... AGAIN! http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4910/banker-picks-up-college-tuition-for-entire-school-class-again! http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Luck Public Schools confirmed for KARE 11 that that Dennis Frandsen -- a self-made success who now has 35 branches of Frandsen Bank and Trust in communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin -- offered to pay for two years of technical college for all of Luck's 34 prospective graduates this... New housing available soon in Amery http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4230/new-housing-available-soon-in-amery http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Amery Housing Authority broke ground on a much-awaited project. The first two structures of four rental units are currently being constructed by Berghammer Builders of Clayton. The units will be side-by-side duplexes located on the east side of Harrison Avenue. Amery Housing Authority director Terry Forrest said that city administration, as... Is It Possible to Have It All? http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4405/is-it-possible-to-have-it-all http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 There is something beautiful about knowing what you want your life to be like, knowing where you belong, and building a life with that level of confidence. That is something that Keri Uzpen had years ago, when she left Polk County to go to college at the University of Minnesota.... BP Motorsports opens http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4229/bp-motorsports-opens http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 It’s been a life long dream of Bobby Penders to run his own repair and service shop.  June 4 he opened BP Motorsports in Osceola, just south of the village center in the former Denny’s Auto. By month’s end, the shop was full of ATVs and dirt bikes. “The first couple weeks... The economies of every US state and DC, ranked from worst to best http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4228/the-economies-of-every-us-state-and-dc-ranked-from-worst-to-best http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The US is a massive, complex economy, and so too are the component economies of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that make up the whole. Business Insider combined six measures of labor-market and general economic health for all the states and the District of Columbia. They are the unemployment rate,... HOOKED ON A FEELING: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES HELP FILL WISCONSIN’S TALENT PIPELINE http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/4227/hooked-on-a-feeling-unique-experiences-help-fill-wisconsins-talent-pipeline http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 By all measures economists use to assess the quality of life a place offers—job availability, cost of living, commute times, recreation, etc.—Wisconsin stacks up pretty well. Very well, in fact. Problem is, people don’t consult economists when choosing the best place to pursue their passions. As CEO of NEWaukee, I... Deer Lake Winery opens http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2485/deer-lake-winery-opens http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 After dreaming of opening a winery of their own for years, Cheryl and Keith Johnson have made it happen. The Deer Lake Winery held its grand opening on June 23.  The Johnsons have been growing grapes for 15 years and making their own wine for 10. Their vines come from the... DigniCare project now Good Life Senior Living http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2484/dignicare-project-now-good-life-senior-living http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Plans for a senior living facility that have been in the works since 2015 appear to be moving forward again. The Osceola Village Board approved the sale of 16 acres for the facility in August 2015, effectively a land trade for the former trailer court. And in May 2016 the board... Workers are the new weapon as states go to extremes in the battle for business http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2483/workers-are-the-new-weapon-as-states-go-to-extremes-in-the-battle-for-business http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Forequarter restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, has managed to pull off a rare feat. Not only has it has stayed in business for six years, it is also still routinely referred to as trendy. On a recent visit, people were already showing up for dinner by 5:00 p.m. on a weeknight.... Work and Live Where You Play: Polk County! http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/3266/work-and-live-where-you-play-polk-county! http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 For many decades, it has been a temptation for young adults to move away from their small town and experience the big city.  This tug of the ‘cities’ is real.  There are many things to do and see in metropolitan areas.  And, yes, there are a large number of jobs... The economies of every US state and DC, ranked from worst to best http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2482/the-economies-of-every-us-state-and-dc-ranked-from-worst-to-best http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The US is a massive, complex economy, and so too are the component economies of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that make up the whole. Business Insider combined six measures of labor-market and general economic health for all the states and the District of Columbia. They are the unemployment rate,... HOOKED ON A FEELING: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES HELP FILL WISCONSIN’S TALENT PIPELINE http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2481/hooked-on-a-feeling-unique-experiences-help-fill-wisconsins-talent-pipeline http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 By all measures economists use to assess the quality of life a place offers—job availability, cost of living, commute times, recreation, etc.—Wisconsin stacks up pretty well. Very well, in fact. Problem is, people don’t consult economists when choosing the best place to pursue their passions. As CEO of NEWaukee, I... WEDC, UW-Eau Claire launch marketing campaign to encourage out-of-state alumni to ‘come home’ http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2479/wedc-uweau-claire-launch-marketing-campaign-to-encourage-outofstate-alumni-to-come-home http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 WEDC, UW-Eau Claire launch marketing campaign to encourage out-of-state alumni to ‘come home’ UW-Eau Claire is one of nine higher-education institutions joining  state’s first-ever campaign featuring graduates who have chosen Wisconsin as their career destination Eau Claire, WI.  — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire today unveiled... Community Club honors volunteers, businesses at banquet http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news/p/item/2161/community-club-honors-volunteers-businesses-at-banquet http://www.polkcountyedc.com/news Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The Amery Community Club held its seventh annual Past President’s Dinner and Community Business Awards Banquet Friday, May 11 at Cricket’s Banquet Center. A total of 86 nominees were honored with awards in 10 categories. Businesses marking milestone anniversaries were honored as well: Williamson-White Funeral Home - 130 years City of Amery -... 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...