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Co-op receives economic development award

Photo L to R: State Senator Shelia Harsdorf; Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett operations and engineering manager; Ed Gullickson, Polk-Burnett board president; and Steve Healy Executive Director, Polk County EDC.

Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County.  The 2014 Business Service Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Paradise Landing May 13. In addition State Senator Shelia Harsdorf presented a citation by the legislature on behalf of the Polk County legislators: State Senators Shelia Harsdorf and Robert Jauch, and State Representatives Erik Severson and Stephen Smith. Ed Gullickson, Polk-Burnett board president, and Steve Stroshane, Polk-Burnett engineering and operations manager, accepted the award and recognition on behalf of the electric cooperative.

Polk-Burnett is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving 20,000 homes, cabins, businesses and farms in northwestern Wisconsin. Its mission is to benefit members by providing reliable electricity with efficiency and extraordinary service. It was established in 1938 by local farmers and the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) to provide electricity to rural areas. Today, Polk-Burnett is still owned and governed by local members and guided by a not-for-profit, cooperative business model, where electricity rates cover the cost of doing business and members receive friendly service from local employees who care about them and the communities in which we live.

“Since our beginning in 1938, Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative remains committed to improving the quality of life in our local communities,” said Gullickson, “The co-op provides electricity to power communities and supports economic development throughout our service territory. We believe economic development leads to an improved standard of living, as well as a strong future for the cooperative, by creating local jobs and increasing energy sales. We are proud to be a member of Polk County Economic Development Corporation and we are honored to receive the 2014 Business Service Award.”

For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, or visit


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