Since 2013, Rep. Dave Armstrong has been working to grow the local economy as the Executive Director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation. His work has helped make Barron County one of the fastest-growing counties in Wisconsin. He also led efforts to assist entrepreneurs to start new businesses, introduced an economic gardening initiative to help existing businesses to grow, championed additional workforce training programs, and led the initiative to address the acute housing shortage in the area. These efforts assist all residents, businesses, and municipalities in the region.
Rep. Armstrong has been heavily involved in the community, previously serving two terms on the Rice Lake City Council. He’s a past member of the Rice Lake Cable Commission, Rice Lake Utility Commission and Rice Lake Tourism Commission, Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce board member and past President of the Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County, and he is a volunteer mentor at Rice Lake High School for students at risk.
In addition to his service in local government and community groups, he was successful in the private sector, starting two different companies in the medical field. He also served as the Vice President of Substance Abuse Services for Healthcomp Evaluation Services Corporation then ClinNet Services LLC and headed their acquisition group.
Rep. Armstrong lives in Rice Lake with his wife, Janell. They have four grown children, three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. Their youngest just finished a stint in the Marine Corps. Dave is an avid sportsman and is active in both his church and the community.