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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]