SCEDC Director Appointed to Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment

ST CROIX COUNTY – Governor Tony Evers has appointed Melissa Meschke, Executive Director of the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, to the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment.

The council is a federally mandated entity under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that assists the governor in developing innovative and dynamic approaches to develop Wisconsin’s workforce. 

Members include business leaders, state legislators and elected officials, representatives from educational institutions, community-based organizations and labor representatives from throughout the state.

Council members work closely with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to build a workforce development strategy that anticipates employer needs, supports the development of highly skilled labor force, and empowers individuals to pursue and retain good paying careers.

“I am honored and excited to join the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment. This appointment represents a critical opportunity to contribute to the development of innovative strategies that will strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce. By collaborating with stakeholders across sectors of business and industry, we can ensure our state is well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of employers.”

The council is focused on education, employer engagement, increasing workforce participation, and advocating for organization and resource alignment to continuously improve the workforce system. The overarching goal is to help Wisconsin employers find the workers they need and provide resources to enable workers access to training for in-demand careers to move Wisconsin forward in positive ways.

About St. Croix EDC

St. Croix EDC was established in 1994 as a public-private business league that operates as the independent economic development arm of St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Reflective activities include marketing and communication, business retention, business expansion, business recruitment, new business incorporations, workforce development, and advocacy on behalf of business and industry. Initiatives taken by St. Croix EDC help improve the business climate of St. Croix County, allowing businesses, large and small, to grow and prosper.

St. Croix Economic Development Corporation Elects Officers and Directors at Annual Meeting

ST CROIX COUNTY – St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 14th. The 2024-2025 officers were elected, as well as welcoming four new board members and three new St. Croix County Appointees. 

Susan Lockwood, Vice President of Northwood Technical College, was elected President. She has served on the board since 2019 and replaces Krista Paulus who completed her term as President. Krista will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as the Past President. 

Tom Loonen, Attorney at Eckberg Lammers, was elected First Vice President. Tom practices civil municipal law and business law at the firm. 

Ann Searles is the CEO of the St. Croix Valley Food Bank and was elected Second Vice President. 

Marina Onken was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. She retired as Dean of the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls in late 2021 and is now Professor Emeritus of Strategy and Innovation at CBE. She also started a consulting business specializing in leadership development, innovation, and strategy, called Innovative Clarity Group.

 

Scott Morrissette from First National Bank of River Falls was re-elected to the board. He will serve his final three-year term, ending in May 2027. 

The SCEDC also welcomed four new Directors. Sheri Marnell is the Director of the St. Croix Valley Innovation Center in River Falls; Megan Boldig is the Manager of Community Service at Xcel Energy servicing the St. Croix Valley; Matt Diethert is Market President at Bremer Bank in New Richmond; and Steve Massey is the President at Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond. 

There were also three new County Board Supervisors appointed to the SCEDC Board of Directors: Bob Feidler, Mike Barcalow and Ryan Sherley. 

 

Additionally, the Board said goodbye to three long-standing SCEDC Directors, including April Nelson of WBD (May 2018-May 2024), Rob Kreibich of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce (October 2017-May 2024) and Tom Borowski of the Hudson Hospital (May 2018-May 2024). They also thanked the previous county appointees Carah Koch, Paul Berning, and Mark Carlson (May 2022-May 2024).

The Board of Directors also accepted the 2023 financial review from Jason Zahradka, CPA with Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP.