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IEDC Recognizes CEDC And Manufacturing SOS Alliance

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest nonprofit professional association for professional economic developers in the world, has selected the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) as a recipient of its 2022 Excellence Award for its collaborative effort in helping establish a non-profit organization called Manufacturing SOS (Supporting Our Schools) Alliance. This partnership between the industry and the non-profit group is aimed at creating an awareness of the increased need for skilled tradespeople and other manufacturing professionals by industry. Recognized each year during the IEDC Annual Conference, the awards honor organizations for exemplary economic development projects, programs, and collaboration. 25 award categories honor organizations such as CEDC and Manufacturing SOS Alliance and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. “Communities need our profession now more than ever. This year's awardees [...]

IEDC Recognizes CEDC And Manufacturing SOS Alliance2022-09-30T14:03:39-05:00

WEDA Basic Economic Development Course

Chippewa Economic Development Corporation’s President/CEO Charlie Walker taught at the Wisconsin Basic Economic Development (WBEDC) hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association during the week of September 12 - 15, 2022.  The WBEDC is designed to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, methods, and practice of economic development. The nationally renowned WBEDC is instructed by experienced and successful professionals and practitioners. The four-day educational event encouraged attendees to network with industry peers and experts, explore the fundamentals and emerging concepts of comprehensive economic development, and expand their leadership skills. Graduation from the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) fulfills one of the prerequisites for those who wish to pursue the Certified Economic Developer Designation (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council.

WEDA Basic Economic Development Course2022-09-23T16:46:38-05:00

Chippewa Development Corporation’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Held at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds on August 19th 2022, the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation held their 26th annual meeting. Over a pancake breakfast, Lona Cook the keynote speaker of the morning event motivated the audience on the importance of recentering, refocusing and balancing one's business and personal lives. "By becoming more aware of and focusing on the positive energy that surrounds us and less on the negative our business are more apt to be better positioned to reclaim market share and reduce employee turnover." She noted "In reality any decision we make or don't make effects others connected to us-having a positive mindset will lead one towards the right decision." Moderated by CEDC's Charlie Walker and CEDC board member Klaus Bauer, the event was packed with over 365 regional business [...]

Chippewa Development Corporation’s 2022 Annual Meeting2022-09-22T13:52:53-05:00

Learning over Lunch: Real Estate Wire Fraud

With a rise in electronic payments across the world, homebuyers and consumers need to be especially careful when working with their lenders and realtors to make sure that they don't release funds or personal information to the wrong person. According to a 2021 American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey on Wire Fraud, over 13,000 homebuyers/potential homebuyers were scammed out of a total of over $200 million. In addition, the losses due to fraud have risen due to the pandemic, from $1.8 billion in 2019 to $3.3 billion in 2020. To help the community better understand wire fraud, title insurance, and the other risks that come with the purchase of property, Knight Barry Title Group asked the CEDC to bring people together at the Willow in Chippewa Falls to learn about how to prevent [...]

Learning over Lunch: Real Estate Wire Fraud2022-06-28T11:39:37-05:00

The Chippewa Valley Benefits from Fiber-Optic Broadband

CEDC understands that access to high-speed internet is as much of a necessity as electricity. The need for fast, reliable internet is only going to increase—especially in our rural areas—which is why Bloomer Telephone Company is committed to expanding its fiber-optic network. Fiber broadband provides the fastest speeds of any technology. Period. With fiber, you can enjoy symmetrical speeds for seamless downloads and uploads. The internet signal doesn’t degrade over distance, and the bandwidth capacity is unparalleled. You can power multiple devices simultaneously without buffering or lag. Fiber broadband is the future, here today. Bloomer Telephone Company is thrilled to announce that construction for the Tilden and Eagle Point fiber-optic network expansion has begun. Later this year, approximately 300 residents and businesses in these areas will have access to the internet they deserve. [...]

The Chippewa Valley Benefits from Fiber-Optic Broadband2022-06-27T09:05:39-05:00

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

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

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