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News & Events


Dr. Carl Calabrese wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t even decide he wanted to become a...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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Sláinte. A fitting saying for the Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. It means “health” in Irish Gaelic. Paired with the word mhaith, it translates to “good...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Startups, and the entrepreneurs that drive them, are a critical component of Wisconsin’s economic success. From the corner hardware store to the booming high-tech bioscience company,...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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West Wisconsin and the Hudson area is growing, so is the company who supplies much of our energy – Xcel Energy. They needed a new...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend Startup Weekend April 7-9 at University Research Park, organizers announced recently. Similar to past years, the three-day event will give entrepreneurs the basics...
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Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has always been a canary in a high-tech coal mine, chirping out alerts about the kinds of businesses...
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Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Halloween fun, an annual tree lighting, dancing, festivals, and more can all be found on any given weekend in downtown Eau Claire. You can even...
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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Veterans and their immediate family members can receive up to $500 for the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, thanks to a state grant and...
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Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the "Holy Trinity" of the Wisconsin economy and may always be so, given the state’s tradition of excellence in all...
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Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Are you tired of paying sky-high prices to live in Minneapolis or a major city? You can find your dream home in St. Croix County...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds   MADISON, WI. March 30, 2017 – The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Business News

Mills Fleet Farm to Construct New Distribution Center in Chippewa County, Wisconsin   Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) today announced the Ryan Companies purchased 70 acres...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional News

Careers, Technology on Display at Manufacturing Show CVTC annual event showcases modern industry   Eau Claire, WI – Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Workforce

Seminar:  Foundations of Food Exporting Thursday, April 20, 2017 Join Food Export–Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to become a more experienced...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional News

As part of Momentum West’s agreement with the Ignite WI board of directors, Momentum West is offering $1,500 grants to each of the ten counties...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional Report

If you’re surrounded by traffic and city noise, dreaming of a wide-open country road, then pack the car and drive to Rusk County Wisconsin. All...
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Posted on Mar 27, 2017
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Do you want to hear local stories that go deeper that national politics? You will get this and more with the Pierce County Herald. This...
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Posted on Mar 20, 2017
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It’s going to be a busy week for work surrounding the Lake Wissota Business Park. There will be more work to do in the business...
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Posted on Mar 14, 2017
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If you love jazz Eau Claire has one of the best university jazz programs in the country and has received numerous awards. This is not...
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Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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Those who were worried the new Chippewa Riverfront park with all of its amenities would simply flood come spring needn’t fear — its designers have...
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Posted on Mar 10, 2017
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When city dwellers Jenna Johnson and her then husband first fell in love with the property that used to be Quietwood Antiques several years ago,...
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Posted on Mar 09, 2017
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If everything goes right, the new St. Croix Crossing bridge will open to the public in August. That was part of a presentation Tuesday, Feb. 7,...
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Posted on Mar 08, 2017
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Over the last few months we’ve focused on the progress being made with our regional talent initiative.  Things are still moving ahead with almost all...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

WITC offers construction class in response to industry plea As part of its 50-year commitment to the communities it serves, WITC-New Richmond is responding to a...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

New CVTC Mechanical Design program approved Two apprenticeship programs also given nod by state WTCS board Eau Claire, WI – Mechanical Design will be making a comeback...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

Wisconsin Senate Levels the PLA-ing Field: Passes Bill to Minimize Cost of Public Works Construction Projects On February 8th, the Wisconsin Senate, along strict party lines...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Business News

WiFab Retreat: July 17-21, 2017 A retreat for educators, innovators and makers. Get inspired! 278 Jarvis Hall UW-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751   Learn more about this event here. For more information, contact Terese...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional News

St. Croix County Businesses from the City of New Richmond, Village of Somerset and City of Hudson were all named as 2016 Businesses of the Year...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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Find out how amazing it is to live in Chippewa County, Wisconsin! In addition to beautiful views, natural resources, and world-renowned companies, and top-class music...
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Posted on Mar 06, 2017
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Workers for Prairie Farm-based Kauffman Interiors & Exteriors, LLC, were hard at work Friday Jan. 27, 2017, finishing up this project at one of Barron’s...
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Posted on Mar 03, 2017
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By Bob Zientara Twenty-two years ago, Kelly Hoff started a financial services business “on my kitchen table, with two little babies around me.” That was in 1994....
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Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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The City of New Richmond Economic Development is working with the community and city officials for the common good of all area residents. Here, you...
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Posted on Feb 27, 2017
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Job creation, helping locals find nearby positions, expanding business opportunities, and more – these are the activities of Amery Economic Development Corporation. This has long been...
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Posted on Feb 20, 2017
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The City of Eau Claire is starting to have a cool urban vibe and new mixed-use buildings are going up in the downtown core. This...
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Posted on Feb 13, 2017
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All eight strategies developed as part of the regional talent initiative are off and running.  I’d like to acknowledge some of the folks that have...
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Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

Have you been told that business loans are hard to get? Not in River Falls, Wisconsin. Relocating to River Falls has some distinct benefits and...
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Posted on Feb 06, 2017
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted five new municipalities into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Regional News

Expansion of high-speed broadband in Wisconsin is ramping up under the newest phase of the Connect America Fund, a federal program that attempts to shift...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Regional News

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 11 organizations have been awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to help develop or expand innovative programs...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Workforce

Mount Horeb company tests groundbreaking product at CVTC Frying hamburgers were left unattended on a stovetop until they began to burn, with alarms going off and...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Business News

Public has chance to explore careers, catch the latest Ryan Bone of Chippewa Falls and Cody Hemenway of Eau Claire drew crowds of onlookers when they...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Workforce

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will be offering an Entrepreneurial Training Program beginning Monday, March 20, 2017 to...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Workforce

MENOMONIE — A Menomonie lawyer will be presented with the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce’s distinguished citizen award on Feb. 1. Bill Thedinga will receive...
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Posted on Jan 31, 2017
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Spec buildings make it possible to break ground faster by speeding up the approval and permitting process. The Greater Menomonie Development Corporation, in partnership with...
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Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, for the annual Greater...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Get valuable early-stage feedback by entering the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest! The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor's Business Plan Contest. Public, private and homeschooled students...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Great things are happening in rural Wisconsin! Share your story with Wisconsin Rural Partners-now accepting nominations to recognize 2017 Top Rural Development Initiatives.   Any project, activity,...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

As an Employer, do you need help: Recruiting skilled workers? Training current and new employees? Retaining employees? Downsizing? We have services available to assist employers with employment, retention and training...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Nine business and technology programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College have received accreditation, providing assurances of program quality and positive student outcomes. The Accreditation Council for...
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Posted on Jan 27, 2017
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Menomonie’s oldest standing structure in the downtown historic district will soon be relocated. The 1862 building was saved from demolition when the Menomonie City Council unanimously...
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Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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In accordance with laws set forth in Act 55, the City of Amery formed a state-mandated tourism commission last week.  Added as a ‘New Business’ item...
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Posted on Jan 25, 2017
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RIVER FALLS -- You don’t have to travel to China to receive an authentic Chinese acupuncture session. Instead married couple Dr. Xiao Yan Liu and...
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Posted on Jan 24, 2017
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Expensive lease rates and property taxes getting you down? For most businesses, the monthly lease is the highest fixed expense outside of payroll. What would...
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Posted on Jan 23, 2017
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A 2012 Hudson High School graduate, Padraic Morton is starting a new chapter in his hometown with his new business Computer Concierge. The computer and phone...
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Posted on Jan 20, 2017
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The Barron Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting event Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Rolling Oaks Restaurant...
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Posted on Jan 19, 2017
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A new research report from CBRE announces another designation Wisconsin can add to the list of accolades for its business climate: status as a burgeoning tech...
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Posted on Jan 17, 2017
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KENOSHA - Mars Cheese Castle. There aren’t many states where these three words make sense together.  Only in Wisconsin. The 70-year-old business takes its name seriously. Huge red...
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Posted on Jan 10, 2017
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State tax credits and incentives are big business and often create a mutually-beneficial relationship between the providers and recipients of the incentives. These incentives can spur...
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Posted on Jan 06, 2017
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The proposed Marshfield Hospital, to be constructed on the site of the former Plaza Inn & Suites in Eau Claire, 1202 W. Clairemont Avenue, received...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
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According to City of Eau Claire Economic Development Specialist Mike Schatz, the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) Board of Directors has been considering whether to bring a...
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Posted on Jan 03, 2017
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Several months ago, we began a multi-part story about the development of a Virtual Spec Building Technology Tool or VSBTT, a collaboration of the Greater...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News, Eric Turner

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a global trade venture to Canada from April 30 to May 5, 2017, with stops in Toronto...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The contest helps connect innovators throughout the state with resources, mentoring and prospective sources of capital to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage to set...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The former St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson may be the site of a Northwoods League baseball stadium as well as multiple business and...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News

The unemployment rate in Polk County fell in September to 3.4 percent, down from August’s rate of 3.8 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News

A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. At his Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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When Mark Hogan took the reins at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. last year, the state’s job-creation agency was under siege. Democrats were calling for an...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Rural America was thrown a Depression lifeline in the 1930s when the federal government rallied to spread electric power across farm country. Not long after came...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Barron County’s Teresa Marker was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Excellence in Agriculture Award at the...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Phillips-Medsize Corporation announced Thursday it plans on opening a 80,000 square foot manufacturing building in Menomonie. “This expansion illustrates our continued commitment and investment in the...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Christmas trees vendors in Wisconsin said returning customers have helped keep their businesses running as usual while the number of trees sold nationally declines. The state’s...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Being an employee of a Family Friendly Workplace offers employees just what it says — a place to work that understands that family comes first...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Two rural Ellsworth residents are reopening a produce business that started because of one thing: boredom. After previously leasing a greenhouse in Prescott for a couple...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The road leading into the Pierce County Solid Waste Department was lined with trucks and trailers Monday, Dec. 5 as farmers waited to get a...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News

On November 15th CREC, Momentum West and numerous regional partners rolled out the eight recommended initiatives for us to address current and pending talent challenges. ...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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The Polk County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is an organization that was founded by the county board in 2004. Its purpose is to assist the...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
Category: Economic Development

In late October, the International Trade Administration published a set of three short videos that give you an excellent introduction to how to begin exporting. However,...
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016
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If he’s lucky, he won’t have to work a day in his life. At least, that’s how the saying goes and that’s what the Pierce...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Awards and Recognition

Dr. Dan Connors considers himself not just a lucky man, but one who has been richly blessed by Spring Valley and surrounding communities. The dentist recently...
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Posted on Nov 20, 2016
Category: Healthcare

After 35 years of leading a company, Dale Evans knows what he’s looking for in an employee. Surprisingly, it’s not necessarily someone with all the...
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Posted on Nov 17, 2016
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When the Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority approved a lease agreement and development plan on Oct. 12 to relocate the Brewing Projekt to a new site,...
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Posted on Nov 17, 2016
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As you may have read recently, the Fullerton Lumber Company no longer has a presence in Osceola. They have decided to focus on other aspects...
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Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Category: Regional News

For over 28 years Julie Fox worked for Interstate Park here in the St. Croix River Valley. For the past 28 years she held the...
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Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Category: Regional News

To help Wisconsin Companies reach new markets MADISON, WI. Nov. 8, 2016–The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invites representatives from Wisconsin companies to join a trade...
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Posted on Nov 09, 2016
Category: International

If you think you’re having trouble making sense of this year’s presidential election, imagine being a visitor to the United States this fall. About three-dozen people...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Economy

A special use permit application for the Prescott Food Pantry’s potential new location was the talk of the night at the Oct. 10 Prescott City...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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Preparing for a future when broadband becomes nearly as commonplace as electricity, AT&T envisions high-speed internet delivered over power lines in rural Wisconsin. Next year, the...
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Posted on Nov 02, 2016
Category: Infrastructure

24-7 and West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative, Inc., and the communities they serve, were recognized as “Smart Rural Communities” by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. NTCA is...
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Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Category: Telcom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $1.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to the Wisconsin Department of...
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Posted on Oct 26, 2016
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With five large music festivals each year and a major cultural center in the works, the Eau Claire region is hitting the right notes when...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
Category: Regional News

WEDC trade venture targets companies seeking to start or expand their exports MADISON, WI, Dec. 19, 2016 –The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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