Pierce County, WI News

Annual PCEDC Meeting and Dinner held at UWRF (Part I)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Organization confers Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year awards

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Heather Hines, Pierce County Economic Development Corporation

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At the 2018 PC EDC Banquet (L to R) are Heather Hines, Ann Schwebach, Don Jackelen and former PC EDC Executive Director Paul Schwebach. Photo by Paul J. Seeling-Gateway News

RIVER FALLS, WI – The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PC EDC) held their Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the University Center Riverview Ballroom on the beautiful University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF) campus.

There was a hospitality social hour for members and guests to mingle, get acquainted and visit together before the delicious buffet dinner that was catered by UWRF. 

The agenda for the evening included a great meal, awards and a conversation with Joe Folsom, the new Executive Director of the PC EDC who was the Keynote Speaker for the event.

The Awards Dinner Buffet included: Medallions of Beef with Bordelaise sauce, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom-Sherry Sauce, Fresh Herb Risotto, Roasted Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Sautéed Green Beans and Shallots, with a variety of tasty cupcakes for dessert!

Following the meal Michael Fronmueller, PC EDC Vice President  who is Dean, College of Business and Economics, UWRF welcomed everyone to the event and gave an insightful synopsis of all things PC EDC currently.

Next Fronmueller began the exciting process of naming and making the presentation of the 2017 Small and Large Business of the Year Awards.

First the award to the 2017 PC EDC Small Business of the Year was made by Dean Fronmueller to the South Fork Café of River Falls. Accepting the award was South Fork Café owners Chris and Dawn Berendes who thanked the EDC and commented how it was having a great community and their 16 incredible employees who made it all possible. (See Part II of this article next week for the description of the award-winning South Fork Café of River Falls, Wisconsin.)

Next up was the award of the PC EDC 2017 Large Business of the Year made by Dean Fronmueller to Cernohous Chevrolet of Prescot, Wisconsin. Accepting the award was two of the founder Raymond Cernohous’s grandsons who are third generation family members that run this award-winning Chevrolet dealership.

Ron Murphy and his brother Rick thanked the EDC for the award and their 48 dedicated employees who have helped build the company’s success in Pierce County. They also thanked their loyal customers for their continued support of this family owned business. (See Part II of this article next week for the description of Cernohous Chevrolet the PC EDC 2017 Large Business of the Year.)

Dean Michael Fronmueller, PC EDC Vice President then recused himself from the next award and asked the new PC EDC Director Joe Folsom to make the Ag Champion of the Year Award.

That award was presented to The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for their extensive contribution to all things agriculture not just in Pierce County, but in the region, state, nation and internationally. Accepting the Ag Champion of the Year Award was Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Gary Onan, Chair of the Animal and Food Science Department who both thanked the EDC and spoke briefly about the extensive programs and wonderful students that make the CAFES such a success and is home to the largest major on campus in terms of enrollment – Animal Science. (See the description of the CAFES at UWRF in Part II of this article next week in the Sun-Argus.)

After the awards were presented there was a conversation with Joe Folsom, the new Executive Director of the PC EDC who was the Keynote Speaker for the event. Folsom introduced himself and gave his background history leading up to his becoming the new Executive Director of the PC EDC.

Be sure and join us next week in the Sun-Argus when we learn more about the new director and review the descriptions of the 2017 Pierce County Economic Development Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year Award winners.

Original story found here.

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Glen Park

Located in River Falls, Glen Park is home to trails connecting to the White Pathway to the north, River Hills Park to the south and the Kinnickinnic River; a public swimming pool; many large trees; grass and several types of recreational activities.