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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] is holding their 27th Annual Meeting at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on August 27, 2021 from 11:45 am until 1:45 pm. This year’s Annual Meeting is themed “Back in the Saddle” and will be an opportunity for the organization to showcase its work over the past year and present businesses with several awards after a motivational keynote address by a featured guest. “We are excited to return in-person to our annual meeting since the start of the pandemic. This is our chance to brush off the dust, celebrate lifting ourselves up, getting back in the saddle and working together to get our local economy bouncing back. Now that vaccinations have been rolling out for quite a while and everyone is familiar with safety guidelines, business [...]
Lisa Bruhn talks with Wayne Lautsbaugh of Crescent Meats about starting and maintaining a business, meat packing, farming, and more!
The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation works hard to support and promote the Chippewa Valley's dairy industry. 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 for producing the products that Wisconsin is world-famous for. Celebrate National Dairy Month at the Breakfast in the [...]
Founded in Bloomer, Wisconsin in 1960, A.J. Manufacturing continues to innovate and manufacture insulated door products. While the company had always produced high-quality insulated doors and windows, a drive for discovering new markets and innovations has positioned the company for further growth and additional production lines such as high-quality HVAC and post-frame products. Recently, the company has broken ground to expand and modernize their North manufacturing facility, located in the Ironhorse Industrial Park in Bloomer, WI. This expansion is aimed at improving product painting efficiency, establishing additional offices, and improving employee amenities. The building is expected to be completed on October 31, 2021, and will include a newly paved parking lot, a new breakroom, and new bathrooms and offices. “AJ Manufacturing understands that their current employees have been the key to their success, [...]