The board of directors of Barron County Economic Development Corporation have been shocked to see the way our executive director, Dave Armstrong, has been characterized in the media over the last two weeks. Mr. Armstrong has demonstrated over the past eight years as our executive director that he is eager to work with anyone who requests service from the Economic Development Corporation.

He has demonstrated this by working with the local Somali community in Barron County assisting them to start businesses, apply for COVID-19 relief money and for additional housing. This is further demonstrated by his work in welcoming Filipino immigrants to the area to build an even stronger, more diverse workforce. He continues to work with all races, classes and religions of people on numerous housing, worker training, transportation and other related projects. He works with many charitable organizations, including Benjamin’s House Emergency Shelter and Habitat for Humanity to identify and encourage the creation of additional transitional housing and more affordable housing.

Mr. Armstrong’s actions as the executive director of BCEDC has been a very positive one for Barron County, our cities and village partners, businesses and residents. Mr. Armstrong has proven to all our board, the county and our city and village partners that he is more than willing to work with everyone and is an asset to our county.

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