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Forward Analytics – Dale Knapp

Join us for an interactive conversation with Demographer Dale Knapp of Forward Analytics, Focusing on Demographic Trends Impacting Businesses in Western Wisconsin.

Dale publishes research and analysis on a variety of economic and public policy issues facing the State of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on Wisconsin

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August 2020 Unemployment

On September 23rd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary August 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s August rate was estimated at 6.3%, which is lower than July’s final rate of 7.8% and June’s final rate of 9.8%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.0%.

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Craft Brewery Day 2020

At its September meeting, the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors unanimously proclaimed Thursday, September 24, 2020 as Craft Brewery Day in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.

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July 2020 Unemployment

On August 26th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary July 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s July rate was estimated at 7.7%

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Workforce Housing Conversation

An interactive conversation with three panelists discussing workforce housing and workforce housing needs in the St. Croix Valley was held Tuesday August 25.

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River Crossing Turns Three

On August 2, 2017 several thousand people along with local, state, and national dignitaries, helped open the St. Croix Crossing, a joint project between the Wisconsin and Minnesota transportation departments. Happy third birthday, St. Croix Crossing!

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June 2020 Unemployment

On July 22nd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary June 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s June rate was estimated at 9.8%, which is lower than the final rate of 13.9% for May and April’s final rate of 16.1%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.4%.

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COVID 19 Loan

On July 14th, St. Croix County, Wisconsin announced the launch of its COVID-19 Small Business Loan Program. It was created to help businesses in the county currently experiencing unanticipated financial pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 2020 Unemployment

On June 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary May 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s May rate was estimated at 13.8%, which is lower than the

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COVID-19 Presentation

On June 25th, St. Croix EDC partnered with the St. Croix County Health Department to present information on the COVID-19 pandemic to business and industry. Kelli Engen, from the St. Croix County public health office and public health supervisor Laurie Diaby presented timely information to around 50 people through the Zoom meeting platform.

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Unemployment After COVID-19

On May 27th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary April 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s April rate was estimated at 17.8%,

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Wisconsin Establishes $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will establish a $75 million grant fund to help businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Tony Evers’ announced the program, entitled We’re All In, in a press release distributed Monday morning, May 18, 2020.

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COVID-19 and Small Business Assistance

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to negatively impact business and industry. In Wisconsin, it is a rapidly-changing landscape, given restrictions on public and private mass gatherings of ten (10) or more people as well as the mandatory 5:00 p.m. closure of bars and restaurants (except for take-out orders), school closures, and the strong encouragement of remote working, etc. These are dramatic steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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2019 Traveler Spending Up

2019 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased to $119.6 million (up +1.6% from 2018) according to an annual analysis released May 4th by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The 2019 traveler spending in St. Croix resulted in total business sales of

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