Washburn County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was established in 2002 in a response to having a center to serve existing county businesses, promote the development of new business start-ups, and to help businesses relocate to Washburn County. WCEDC wants to facilitate and stimulate economic growth and stability for Washburn County. WCEDC's Mission: "To Expand the Tax Base, Create New Jobs and Retain Existing Businesses in Washburn County." Our vision is to be the resource for economic development in Washburn County leading to attraction, retention and expansion of business to create a strong economic environment.
Funding for WCEDC comes from membership contributions and from businesses and organizations that are located in or service Washburn County. WCEDC also works directly with The Washburn County Industrial Development Agency that administers the Revolving Loan Fund which currently includes five funds one of which is funded by Washburn County.
WCEDC supports businesses large and small, industrial and commercial. WCEDC works directly with public and private entities in the County as well as State and Federal Government to provide comprehensive assistance.
Washburn County has a lot to offer in terms of Quality of Life and being at the "Crossroads of the North" for business opportunities. Numerous lakes, rivers and streams and a large expanse of public forested lands and trails has something for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Your Business Needs Resource
- Working with Washburn County Industrial Development Agency Revolving Loan Fund which oversees a total of five loan funds
- Assisting businesses with financial needs which may include the Revolving Loan Fund, lending agencies, and local lenders
- Site locations
- Marketing in Washburn County
- Collaborating with local, regional, state, and federal agencies on issues that affect Washburn County businesses and economics
- Acting as liaison with local, state, and federal government
- Assistance in grant writing and applications that impact Washburn County economics
- Advocating for infrastructure improvements including broadband and tourism projects
- Communicating with business and education leaders regarding area workforce job skills and needs and implementing programs for Career Days and Hospitality/Leadership programs at the four school districts in Washburn County