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UP Riverland offers ICECA funding challenge

As part of the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance’s 2020 funding campaign, UP Riverland Realty has offered a challenge to Iron County businesses - meet or beat its $500 investment in local economic development. “As owner of UP Riverland Realty, a small business in Iron County, I believe that it’s vital to the economic health of our community to have the ICECA operating with optimum resources and that is why I made the challenge,” said Punner Franzene. “It’s a win-win that can benefit the whole community on many levels.” Several Iron County businesses have stepped up to meet UP Riverland’s challenge, including ITAX and Cooks Run Cedar, ICECA Executive Director Paul Schuytema said. “This level of support and encouragement is amazing. We are a small nonprofit working to enhance the economic vitality of all of Iron County. There is no way we could do what we do without our chamber members, our governmental supporters and the investment of key local businesses. We are motivated and excited to continue our important work in 2020 on behalf of all Iron County businesses.” Pictured, from left, are Paul Schuytema (executive director, ICECA), Kevin Isaacson (owner, ITAX), Abby Miller (secretary, ICECA), Punner Franzene (owner, UP Riverland Realty), Nick Bjorkman (owner, Cooks Run Cedar), Erika Sauter (ICECA Chamber director), Mike Stafford (Iron County commissioner), Mark Bromley (vice president, ICECA). (submitted photo)