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Huber states case for another mayor term

Prescott Mayor Mark Huber talks all things City of Prescott during his speech Thursday to Prescott Kiwanis. (Herald photo by Jason Schulte)4 / 4

PRESCOTT--Mark Huber feels a lot was accomplished in his first two years as Prescott Mayor.

He stated some of those examples to Prescott Kiwanis Thursday.

At the top of the list was the news last month, United Natural Foods, Inc., (UNFI) will build a $37.8 million distribution center in Prescott, which is expected to create over 300 jobs in three years. Construction will start in May and will take about one year.

Huber explained a key in the agreement was getting the Eagle Ridge Business Park, located at the intersection of Hwy. 29-35 and Hwy. 10 as a “Certified in Wisconsin” development-ready site.

“That was the lightning rod,” he said, because it made it easier for businesses to know where Prescott was. He told the story of The Bergquist Company having difficulty filling positions at its Prescott location until they advertised the same position for their Cannon Falls, Minn., location. In interviews, they told potential employees, if you’re closer to Prescott, we have the same openings.

“Their responses were is it by Eau Claire? By Menomonie? In the middle of the state?,” Huber recalled. “Our perception is people know where we are. We are at the confluence, we are living in nature’s luxury, but people don’t.”

He also said UNFI officials were surprised by Prescott’s proximity to the Twin Cities and a nearby four-lane highway, and the willingness of the state and city to work together on incentives.

For more please read the March 19 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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