When Governor Evers (D, WI) announced that $130 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars will be allocated to assist unemployed and underemployed workers find opportunities and return to the workforce, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] representatives attended a meeting to learn more about these funding opportunities. Held at the CoLab facility in Eau Claire, CCEDC Board Member Ed Holand and CCEDC President Charlie Walker met with Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation [WEDC] and Amy Pechacek, Department of Workforce Development [DWD] Secretary, where they updated the current economic development conditions and the challenges local businesses face in getting workers back into the workforce. “The federal supplement to the unemployment insurance is definitely having a negative impact on area manufacturers in trying to convince workers to [...]
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In today’s economic environment, uncertainty is all around us—businesses not fully opened because they cannot find workers, job seekers worried about daycare, transportation, and pandemic safety concerns, as well as the conclusion of pandemic unemployment benefits—and in July, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] and Workforce Resource implemented the second of three job fairs to mitigate some of that uncertainty. With the added stress of unemployment benefits ending soon and the pressure of returning to work at the same time as children preparing to go back to school, these job fairs were organized to help those Chippewa Valley citizens by streamlining the job search process, facilitating direct introduction to employers, and making the job search easy and enjoyable to do on a beautiful day at the park. The city of Chippewa Falls, [...]
When the topic of a job fair is brought up in conversation, some may perk up and say “I’ve been looking for a job for weeks, this’ll be the perfect opportunity for me to find something!” However, the majority of a group might shrug it off and say “I already have a job, I don’t need to go look for another one right now.” While most people are employed and don’t necessarily need to be looking for a job, going to a job fair can be beneficial for long-term career planning, networking, and understanding what industries drive a local economy. A job fair isn’t just for people that are unemployed and looking for a job. Colleges and universities hold career fairs at least twice a year, and most of the people that show [...]
[CITIZENS STATE BANK - STANLEY, WI – 7/16/21] Citizens State Bank (Citizens) is set to open a new full-service branch office at 118 N Broadway St in October 2021, including full drive-up services and an ATM. Citizens is a sound and secure financial institution which has obtained FDIC and Wisconsin DFI approval to proceed with the purchase of the building. Citizens is a locally owned, independent community bank servicing personal, business, and agricultural needs. The branch office at 118 N Broadway St in Stanley will be renovated and branded to Citizens State Bank standards. Hannah Cowan, a Chippewa Falls native and Region Manager for the Eagle Point and Cornell markets, will be leading the branch. There will be three to four additional team members in the branch and others supporting the new market. [...]
[7-9-21 - CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI] Mason Companies announced plans to build a new 425,000 square-foot fulfillment center on the Lake Wissota Business Park [LWBP] in Chippewa Falls starting late this summer. This new fulfillment center is the result of outstanding cooperation and coordination of efforts by Mason, the City of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC]. Mason is collaborating with CBS Squared to design and build the phased project, which is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2023. “We are proud of our 118-year commitment to the Chippewa Valley, and this new facility will allow us to continue this commitment for years to come,” stated Jay Berlin, Mason’s President and CEO. “In keeping with our Mission Statement, Mason Companies is committed to cultivating thriving relationships with our [...]
[CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI - 7/8/21] On Thursday, July 8, 2021, Ashley Furniture held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their newest manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation worked with Ashley Furniture to help identify and purchase their next manufacturing location. The CCEDC’s mission is to help existing businesses expand and to find new markets while promoting Chippewa County as a place for new investment and economic growth. Ashley Furniture is excited to establish strong roots in its home state of Wisconsin, and also looks forward to having access to Chippewa Falls’ workforce. “It’s always good to come home, and this event is no exception,” states Travis Wagner, Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Ashley Furniture. “We are so grateful for the encouragement from the [...]
Are you proud to be an American? We sure are! Here at the CCEDC, we pride ourselves in working towards the betterment of the Chippewa Valley and the country as a whole. Economic development is an integral part of making the land around us work for the people. Fun fact: two of our staff members are children of veterans! Celebrate the accomplishments of our forefathers, enjoy time with friends and family, have a safe and fun weekend, and be proud to be an American! We will be closing our offices today at 1 pm, and we will be open again at noon on Monday, July 5th.
(Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 6/21/21)- A regional free outdoor job fair will be held, weather permitting, between 1:30 and 4:30 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Riverfront Park, located at 12 S Bridge St in Downtown Chippewa Falls. The Riverfront Job Fair has over 25 top regional employers that currently have open positions in need of fulfillment. The CCEDC and Workforce Resource organized this event for the purposes of connecting job seekers who are returning to work with hiring companies. As the Chippewa Valley economy continues to rebound from the pandemic and the vaccination rate continues to increase, many local businesses in all industrial sectors are looking for new employees. At the Riverfront Park, over two dozen companies will be set up, still practicing safety precautions, to welcome on-site interviews for a [...]
Last week, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, along with several other Wisconsin Economic Development Organizations, requested that members of the Wisconsin State Joint Finance Committee allocate funding for a Wisconsin talent recruitment program. Members of the CCEDC Workforce Talent Committee also supported an action that would fund a marketing campaign to raise awareness of the advantages of living and working in Wisconsin. A state marketing campaign that reinforces CCEDC's marketing message -- that Western Wisconsin is a great place to raise a family and a business -- helps position our existing industries to obtain the next generation of talent. Aimed at recruiting the best and the brightest, the Joint Finance Committee inserted $3 million toward talent recruitment and retention initiatives during the next two-year fiscal cycle and will be implemented by the [...]
Founder and owner of Martino's Pizza Place, Ron Haas, sits down with the CCEDC to discuss opening a restaurant, staying open and pivoting during the pandemic, and the effect that pushes for university attendance have had on the restaurant and trade industries. The title, "Lean Pizza," comes from a manufacturing term, to Lean, which is to make the line as efficient and cost-friendly as possible. Ron tells us how he Leans his Pizza.