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Innovation Center hosts grand opening

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The St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center is now open after eight years of work and collaboration to make the idea a reality. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
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Danielle Campeau, director of the newly-opened St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, welcomes guests during the grand opening for the center on Thursday, April 12. Campeau said the center was made possible by a large collaboration of local organizations. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

People often ask St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center Director Danielle Campeau how the 30,000-square foot business incubator came to life. Her answer — collaboration.

The innovation center is the result of eight years of collaborative work between the city of River Falls, UW - River Falls, the River Falls Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Valley Technical College as well as the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

"The impressive new St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center is testament to what can be accomplished when leaders from across the spectrum — business, academia and government — come together," said Dennis Alvord, U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs.

On Thursday, April 12 the center held its grand opening at its location in the Sterling Ponds Corporate Park at 1091 Sutherland Ave. in River Falls. The event offered tours showcasing all the center has to offer from manufacturing space for rent to co-working office space.

"It's a great day to celebrate eight years of hard work and perseverance that brought this multi-use business development facility to fruition," Campeau said.

Designed to foster business and job growth, the center offers small business resources including a business incubation program, conference rooms, mail service, business coaching and more. It will serve both new and existing businesses as well as start-ups and enterprises in the St. Croix Valley region.

"The result will be economic growth and development and through it an expanded workforce and increased interest in River Falls as a desirable place to work, live and play," River Falls Mayor Dan Toland said.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Aaron Hagar, UW Regents Board President John Behling and Chippewa Valley Technical College President Bruce Barker also spoke at the event.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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