Why Polk County? Infrastructure
Polk County has invested in infrastructure, with local companies taking steps to ensure that the county is positioned for growth. Close to the Minneapolis/St. Paul MSA, yet a world away, Polk County is ideally situated with the infrastructure necessary to support any size company.
Polk County’s location is second-to-none. This picturesque county is located only an hour from the busting Minneapolis/St. Paul MSA. From there, families and businesses can access every amenity, fly out of an international airport and enjoy the entertainment options only found in a major city. Still, many businesses and families prefer to have a home base in Polk County because of the beautiful wide-open spaces, lower cost of living, low cost of doing business and friendly community atmosphere. With world-class employers located in the region, it is easy to find meaningful employment opportunities close to home. For those who wish to commute or need quick access to clients, driving from Polk County is a breeze.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul: 1 Hour
- Eau Claire: 80 Minutes
- Madison: 4 Hours
- Chicago: 6.5 Hours
- Des Moines: 4.5 Hours
- Fargo: 4 Hours
- Sioux Falls: 5 Hours
- Kansas City: 7.5 Hours
Polk County is home to the St. Croix Valley Airport, Amery Municipal Airport, several airstrips and the Kroy-Osceola Heliport. These facilities enable corporate and private aircrafts to provide transportation for executives and individuals looking to fly into the area. With Minneapolis – Saint Paul International Airport located only an hour away, Polk County’s residents and executives can fly to anywhere in the United States or the world.
Rail transportation is available in southern Polk County. Several railroad companies service the area, including:
- Rybak Companies
- St. Croix Valley Railroad
- Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway (a historic railroad)
Broadband is a high priority in Polk County and companies are already taking steps to ensure that all residents and businesses can access it. In fact, Polk County was recently recognized by the state of Wisconsin with a "Broadband Forward Certification" because of its adoption of local ordinances that support the rapid expansion of broadband internet. This has made it easier for companies like Lakeland Communications and Northwest Communications (formerly AmeryTel) to provide additional broadband services throughout the area, ensuring that local businesses can perform at a rapid pace, while connecting with customers and vendors throughout the world. They have been actively working to place fiber since the 1990’s. Now, they are working on future-proofing their infrastructure to ensure that Polk County will always have access to the fastest internet speeds. They have laid hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable and serve thousands of households and businesses throughout the county. These fast connection speeds are a critical asset for Polk County businesses. Entrepreneurs and creatives are also taking advantage of their fast connection speeds, using them to work from home while surrounded by the area’s natural beauty.
There are multiple energy companies in Polk County, providing dependable energy for consumers and businesses throughout the area. Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative; Northwestern Wisconsin Electric Company and Xcel Energy are members of the PCEDC and committed to the economic growth of our region. They are an excellent resource for businesses looking to grow or locate in Polk County.
Polk County’s Infrastructure Supports Growth
The county’s infrastructure is designed to support additional growth, both in the business and housing sectors. With a convenient location, available incentives, skilled workforce and a robust infrastructure, now is an excellent time to consider Polk County.