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Legislative “Speed Dating” Feedback Social Held

In partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) and sponsored by Keller Builds, CEDC hosted the first of its kind legislative speed-dating type listening sessions with Chippewa Valley area legislators. Lona Cook of Cook Chiropractic, CEDC’s Advocacy Committee Chair, and Michael Welsh, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at WEDA, emceed the meeting, which was held at Main Street Cafe in Bloomer, WI. All area legislators were invited. Those that attended included Senator Kathy Bernier, Representative Dave Armstrong, Representative Jesse James, Representative Warren Petryk, and Representative Rob Summerfield. "Each elected official had ten minutes to listen to business leaders’ feedback and concerns on a variety of topics impacting growth in their communities," noted Donna Walker of Dairyland Power and WEDA Board of Directors Chair. "After each ten-minute increment, legislators rotated to the next [...]

Legislative “Speed Dating” Feedback Social Held2022-06-24T10:05:20-05:00

You Can’t Afford NOT to have an EAP

Over the past couple of months, CEDC has been discussing ways to improve and grow our quality workforce. Throughout many of our Business Retention and Expansion (BEAR) visits with local employers, the topic of worker depression and mental health arises in the conversation as an issue. That is in part why CEDC has organized a series of BEAR Lunch & Learns centered around the Support for Communities Program and Better Utilizing EAPs called Your Company CAN Afford an EAP. Chippewa Valley Employers are seeing more mental health issues in their workforce than ever before. Author Dr. Susan Strauss - a national recognized expert on workforce who has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on workforce depression - notes that many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) continue to be underutilized [...]

You Can’t Afford NOT to have an EAP2022-06-21T14:37:00-05:00

Mark your Calendar – Our Annual Meeting is Coming Soon!

Mark your calendar for August 19th - it's the CEDC Annual Meeting! Join us for networking, good times, and celebrating economic development in the Chippewa Valley. Location and time are to be determined. Don't forget - the CEDC Business of the Year award nominations are still open! Click here to learn more.

Mark your Calendar – Our Annual Meeting is Coming Soon!2022-06-13T08:11:25-05:00

Valley Sports Academy Opens for Next Generation of Athletes

This summer, kids and adults alike are coming in droves to experience the brand-new 116,000 square foot sports arena. Whether you're into hockey, baseball, lacrosse, or just want to get trained up for your next game, the Valley Sports Academy is now open and ready for athletes. Yesterday, the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area Chambers hosted a ribbon cutting, and community leaders had the opportunity to tour the facility and meet the team. "We are excited to have athletes from all over the Midwest come to the Chippewa Valley to train, and for kids to get active in today's world," stated Brian Seubert, owner of Valley Sports Academy and Huffcutt Concrete. "Thank you for investing in Lake Hallie and making it a community to be proud of," expressed Gary Spilde, President of [...]

Valley Sports Academy Opens for Next Generation of Athletes2022-06-13T08:35:14-05:00

Wisconsin Farmers Union Selects Greenfire for Historic Renovation Project

The Wisconsin Farmers Union is renovating a 45,000 square foot historic building that will include their state headquarters on the second floor - and have selected Greenfire Management Services to bring the project to life. The three-story building located in downtown Chippewa Falls will feature retail on the first floor, rentable office space on the second floor and apartments on the third floor. CEDC is so excited to see this building, after years of being vacant, restored and occupied by both residential and business customers. “We selected Greenfire because our values are similar and we like that they are tribally owned,” says Julie Keown-Bomar, Executive Director of Wisconsin Farmers Union. “We look forward to working with their team to revive the historic charm of this space, which we hope will be a new [...]

Wisconsin Farmers Union Selects Greenfire for Historic Renovation Project2022-06-07T14:21:00-05:00

Raise Your Milk Glass to Dairy Farmers in June!

The Chippewa Economic Development Corporation works tirelessly to support and promote the Chippewa Valley's dairy industry, just as dairy farmers work tirelessly to provide the world with the Wisconsin dairy products we know and love. We have helped farmers explore exporting opportunities, improved their supply chain, and assisted in mentoring programs. We have even helped farmers obtain loans to implement automation equipment. The economic impact that agriculture has on the Chippewa Valley cannot be overemphasized. June is National Dairy Month, which has been nationally recognized since 1937. The Wisconsin dairy industry generates $45.6 billion each year, making Wisconsin the nation's highest producer and exporter of dairy. The Chippewa County agricultural industry contributes over $650 million to the local economy. This month, let's thank our dairy farmers for keeping the state's economy moving and [...]

Raise Your Milk Glass to Dairy Farmers in June!2022-06-13T08:38:29-05:00

$4000 in Scholarships Awarded to Chi Hi Students

Thanks to the many donations to the STEAM Scholarship Program at Chippewa Falls High School (Chi Hi), the school was able to award two students with $2000 scholarships to help continue their studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. These two seniors were chosen out of several applicants because of their dedication to both education and giving back to their communities. Zachary Secraw plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth for Civil Engineering to "help out communities." Destiny Kolve plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, get a Bachelor's in Chemistry, and has an interest in "lab science and research based careers." It's super important for a community to help its students get a leg up so that they can in turn bring their skills back to the Chippewa Valley. The CEDC is proud [...]

$4000 in Scholarships Awarded to Chi Hi Students2022-05-25T10:31:43-05:00

So Many Reasons to Celebrate!

There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate Economic Development Week (May 9-13), but one of the most important is to celebrate, recognize, and thank the many staff, volunteers, and economic development organizations that work diligently to build wealth in our communities. Their daily actions create more economically vibrant and livable places, as well as encourage teamwork among organizations and businesses. In the Chippewa Valley, our local governments have officially proclaimed Economic Development Week. CEDC utilizes the week to not only pat ourselves on the back but to congratulate our partners, collaborators, and colleagues for all the hard work they do. It is always productive to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and gather together to network and lift each other up so the mission of economic development can continue. On Thursday, [...]

So Many Reasons to Celebrate!2022-05-18T15:02:52-05:00

A Week in May That’s Our Fave

Spring has sprung and Wisconsin is in bloom. You might not know, but May is a very busy month. For instance, May is American Cheese Month, Beef Month, Correct Your Posture Month, International Drum Month, National Asparagus Month, National Motorcycle Awareness Month, National Returning Youth Month, Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness, National Mental Health Awareness Month, National Wildfire Awareness Month, National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Date Your Mate Month... you get the point! There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate, and there are even weeks within May to celebrate, like National Small Business Week (May 1-7). But our favorite week in the month of May is Economic Development Week (May 9-13)! It is during this week that communities across North America will celebrate, recognize, and thank the many staff, volunteers, and [...]

A Week in May That’s Our Fave2022-05-11T11:51:56-05:00

CEDC Hosts Local Developer Summit

Recently, the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) hosted a Developers Update Summit, where we invited state and regional developers to familiarize themselves with the many opportunities that Chippewa County has to offer. The event also provided a sneak peek to CEDC investors regarding current industrial, commercial, and residential developments that are in-progress or soon to be announced. Besides giving attendees an update on the Chippewa Crossing project, Wangard Partners Inc. utilized the event to stay abreast of other development projects that are happening and provided insight as well as next steps, which the community can take into consideration to leverage its assets. Understanding how the community is investing in its roads, utility and high-speed broadband internet infrastructure, and workforce pipeline development helps site selectors, brokers, and developers with their due diligence in making [...]

CEDC Hosts Local Developer Summit2022-05-02T15:47:09-05:00

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