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Lombardi Time

Coaching has changed dramatically since the Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi football era in Green Bay. He was a tough-as-nails, no nonsense guy. As the late Packer Henry Jordan reportedly said, “Lombardi treats us all the same – like dogs.” Lombardi’s mantra was, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” It seems scoreboards are erected at playing fields for a reason.

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Time to Move

Is it time to move your business? Need some help to make it happen? Contact St. Croix EDC.

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Change The World

In May 2014, Naval Admiral William H. (Bill) McRaven gave the commencement address at the University of Texas. Admiral McRaven came to the speech with an enviable pedigree – himself a grad of the University of Texas, a 35+ year Navy SEAL, and later, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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Packerland Embraces Ancient Viking Game

In the St. Croix Valley, neighbor may be pitted against neighbor when the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings play football twice a year. Of course there’s always the odd family who cheers for the Chicago Bears, further adding to the rivalries in the valley.

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River Crossing Video

Celebrating the one year anniversary of the St. Croix River Crossing.  St. Croix County, A Beautiful Place To Do Business

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Office Space Too Small

Is your office space too small? St. Croix EDC provides growing, expanding, and relocating businesses with connections to the resources they need.

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Worth the Wait: River Crossing Turns One

To fanfare, the St. Croix Crossing opened on August 2, 2017. History teaches us that good things come to those who wait. The St. Croix Valley waited decades for its moment last August. The opening event was widely covered by national news and Twin Cities media.

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They Build Things and They Tear Them Down, Too

Demolition progress at the former St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Racing Park in Hudson, Wisconsin has been tracked since April. Just like eating an elephant one bite at a time, there is no easy way to grind up acres of asphalt parking or demolish a multi-level grandstand, both of which faced years of neglect, going back to its closure in 2001.

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Happy Dairy Month All Year ‘Round

A self-described city slicker from the St. Croix Valley by way of southern Minnesota knows enough about dairies and dairy cows to be considered dangerous. Most of that danger is self-imposed. To this day, the city slicker walks gingerly though the dairy barn at county and state fairs, avoiding raised tails, hind legs, and even eye contact.

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Traveler Spending Adds Up

Tourism spending is a multi-billion dollar industry in Wisconsin. Travelers generated an estimated $12.7 billion across the state in 2017, resulting in a respectable 3.17 percent increase from 2016. Another $19.9 billion in total business sales are attributable to tourism and travelers.

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Econ 101: Housing Demand Outpaces Supply

There are fewer things hotter in the St. Croix Valley than home sales. Sellers may receive multiple offers, and in some cases, exceeding the list price. Home builders are part of this hot market, too. As fast as they can be built, new homes are sold and crews move on to the next one, just like in the good old days.

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Planet Coffee

Coffee has ushered in a new era of consumer spending, whether it’s in pursuit of fresh-roasted beans, flavored grounds, bigger and bigger mugs, brick and mortar stores, or main street diners serving the finest selections from Ecuador or Costa Rica.

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Celebrating Small Businesses

John F. Kennedy started a tradition in 1963 as the first U.S. President to designate a National Small Business Week. Fifty-five years later, the proclamations continue as a way to recognize the important contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Play Ball: Hope Springs Eternal

Even with a winter that won’t go quietly away, baseball and other spring sports are now underway. Sort of. Young men find places indoors to hit baseballs into nets or off tees. On those dreary days of thirty degree temperatures and a steady rain, a baseball game may still be contested. Even avid fishermen(women) would likely have packed it in for another day.

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