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Schwebach will retire from Pierce County EDC

Paul Schwebach

Paul Schwebach is retiring, again.

Almost four years ago, Schwebach retired from Royal Credit Union. Three days later, he started working again, this time as the executive director for the Pierce County Economic Development Center (EDC).

The position was a good fit for Schwebach, who has also been a part of the River Falls EDC and the St. Croix EDC over the years.

"Which EDC are you working for today?" Schwebach said people would ask him.

Through his work as director, Schwebach said he had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people in the community. It's the people that he'll miss the most.

"Helping people, that's always been my thing," he said.

Working with businesses to find success, and helping new ones get their start, was always his favorite part of the job. Even now, though his retirement's been announced, he's still working with a few businesses.

"'Are you going to slow down?' Well when I walk out the door," Schwebach said.

During his time at the EDC, Schwebach said his main accomplishment was helping develop a long-term plan for the organization.

"Now there's a plan to follow, there's a direction for the corporation," he said.

The time has been well-worth it for Schwebach.

"It's been a lot of enjoyment, a lot of self-gratification," he said. "There's good people in Pierce County to work with."

Schwebach is set to retire by Dec. 31, or sooner if his replacement is found. He said he wants to stick around long enough to ensure a smooth transition.

Once he makes it out the door, Schwebach said he plans to spend more time with family and get more involved in the community.

"There's always things to do," he said. "I'm looking forward to it and I'm looking to have some fun."

He'll see if this time the retirement sticks.

"I'll probably end up doing something part time again," he said.

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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