President's Message

This June marks the Amery Economic Development Corporation’s 11th year of incorporation.  The AEDC Board of Directors and Paul Shafer, Executive Director, are appreciative of the financial support we have received for the business year of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.  That financial support allows us to execute on our mission, “Helping Business Do Business”.

The 2019/2020 AEDC business year is a story of two distinct parts.  There is the period of time from July to March that is pre-COVID 19 and then there is the time period from March until now that is seeing the impact of COVID 19. 

Despite the unusual circumstances of the COVID 19 pandemic, the AEDC has worked to focus on some key activities during this past business year:

  • Enhance marketing efforts for the Amery community.  The AEDC participates in the Mayor’s marketing committee which is working on a new website design that is more mobile device friendly.  In addition, the marketing committee is working to put videos on the Amery website, and to have a presence in the St. Croix Valley Regional Tourism Guidebook which has a wide distribution throughout the upper Midwest.
  • The AEDC, in partnership with SCORE, held a five-session workshop entitled: ‘Grow Your Small Business’ in October.  We had fifteen attendees from community businesses attend one or more of these workshops.
  • The AEDC held discussions with two developers on two different housing projects in Amery.  One did not materialize at this time, but a smaller one is moving forward.  The Polk County Housing study has also been completed.  A wrap-up session for that study was held on February 17 at the Polk County Government Center.  Unfortunately, the pandemic has affected follow-up on that study at this time. 
  • Over the course of the past year, the AEDC has worked with sixteen individuals and/or businesses to answer their questions, ranging from space needs to business plans to marketing their business.
  • Since the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted our community / state / country, the AEDC has been receiving a great deal of information on webinars and programs that may be of interest to the Amery business community.  As that information is received it is forwarded to our members.  
  • The AEDC has worked with the Mayor on his Amery Stimulus Initiative to help fund an Amery Scrip Money program that is designed to help nonessential businesses recover once the Stay at Home order is lifted.  Besides helping market the program, the AEDC has contributed $5,000 to the Amery Stimulus Initiative.
  • The AEDC will be working with Polk County EDC and other organizations to gather information to share with Amery businesses regarding the ‘new normal’ that will need to be in place for businesses to reopen.  Businesses will be operating differently and the AEDC is here to help them adjust to those operational changes.

The work of the AEDC is only possible with the support of our members.  To our current members, we want to thank-you for your support.  To those of you who have not been a member, we hope you will consider supporting us as we move forward in our efforts to build on great things happening in Amery.

Sincerely,

Tom Bensen

President

Amery Economic Development Corporation