The CCEDC's 2015/2016 annual meeting was held on May 20, 2016, and this year's theme was elevating economic development!
To celebrate the organizations accomplishments, CCEDC held their 21st annual event in the Hawthorne Aviation Hangar of the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. CCEDC was excited to have Volume One's Advertising & Business Development Director Brian Maki as the emcee for the event.
A breakfast presentation was provided by Elizabeth McCormick, a former US Army Black Hawk pilot. McCormick shared her story of becoming a Black Hawk pilot and shared her experiences flying command and control, in air assault, rappelling, performing top-secret intelligence missions, and also transporting high level government VIPs. She used these experiences to relay a message of believing in yourself to accomplish your goals, remain focused to become more effective, and to lead from where you are while influencing others to climb to a higher level of success- she also took the opportunity to teach attendees how to fly!
The event's keynote speaker was Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin's 45th and current Governor. Walker shared that Wisconsin's ranking for business desirability from Chief Executive Magazine has risen from 41st to 11th- he thanked the businesses in attendance for this incredible turnaround- he also cited tax relief efforts, investment in the technical colleges, and government program reform to Wisconsin's improved business climate.
Following the keynote address Walker and the CCEDC took the opportunity to recognize outgoing board members Dennis Bachman of Citizens Connected who served as a CCEDC Board Member 2008-2016 and CCEDC Chairman 2014-2016; Mike Leisz, Integrated Print and Promotional Solutions who served on the CCEDC Board 2012-2016; Jay Andress of Cornell Area Care Center who served on the CCEDC Board 2010-2016; and Brandi Hunt, TTM Technologies who served as a CCEDC board member 2014-2016.
The following new members were elected to the CCEDC board of directors: Rob Mooney of Alliance Plastics as the New Auburn Representative for a 3 year term; Sheri Johnson of Mule Hide Manufacturing as the Cornell Representative for a 3 year term; Ronald Haas of Martino's Restaurant as the Stanley Representative for a 1 year term; Sheridan Welch of TTM Technologies as a Chairman&\'s Appointment for a 1 year term; and Tom Vandehey of Mid-State Truck Service as a Chairman's Appointment for a 2 year term. CCEDC would like to thank our outgoing board members and welcome the new members to the CCEDC Board of Directors.
Following the board member recognition Governor Walker assisted in presenting the 2016 Chippewa County Business of the Year awards. The CCEDC annual meeting hosted over 425 business leaders, investors and elected officials and was followed by CCEDC's annual Chippewa Charity Classic golf outing which was well attended and supported. The 2016 event proceeds went to Make a Wish Wisconsin!