About Us

Meet the PCEDC Staff

Joe Folsom

Executive Director | Executive Managers

joe smallI am excited at the opportunity to use my experience, training, and skills to further the economic environment of Pierce County and the region.

My ten years of experience as the District Director for the US Small Business Administration in Iowa provides a solid foundation for assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in being connected to the tools and resources that will enable them to realize their aspirations.  Twenty seven years of experience with USDA Rural Development/ Farmers Home Administration in Minnesota across its array of programs and resources provides an understanding of the tools and resources that can be applied to the challenges of rural businesses, entrepreneurs and communities.  A history of building partnerships, connections and collaboration and understanding the power of working across the region enables me to bring appropriate solutions to these challenges.

My formal education consists of Masters in Business Administration degree with a regional economics emphasis from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in agricultural economics and animal science.

Why Pierce County?

Quality Education

Home to UW-River Falls and Chippewa Valley Technical College

Rural & Picturesque

Explore beautiful ATV routes, Great River Road and More

Artisan Quality

Shop our locally produced Cheese, Crafts and Fine Dining

Go Camping

Beautiful camping on the Kinnickinnic River, Rush River and more!