Board of Directors Meet at New Hoeft Building

On September 19th, 2019 Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) held its monthly Board of Director's (BOD) meeting at the new Hoeft Builders location in Altoona, WI. The board discussed topics that included planning for HATCH 2019, Business at the Gardens, Manufacturing Month, CareerTek and the strategic planning efforts that this year's BOD's will be gearing towards. CCEDC would like to thank Hoeft Builder's for their hospitality in their beautiful new building!

Board of Directors Meet at New Hoeft Building2019-09-20T10:52:02-05:00

Hatch 2019

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, (October 17, 2019) – Wrangle up some friends and join the CCEDC at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon for the wildest Entrepreneurial Event in the Chippewa Valley - the 2nd Annual HATCH! Registered Entrepreneurs will each have five minutes to pitch their case to a panel of judges and a live audience about their business ideas. In addition, the audience has a chance to evaluate and vote for their favorite idea alongside the judges. Beyond the prize money, this is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share their fresh and creative business ideas to supportive investors, businesses, and community members! To register to pitch, visit us at Similar to the Shark Tank Television Show, a panel of local judges will select the best business idea pitched to them by registered entrepreneurs. [...]

Hatch 20192019-09-17T16:42:09-05:00

Every business needs a personal visit!

The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation utilizes three ways to three ways of facilitating the creation of jobs and capital investment within the Chippewa Valley. First, working to help in the creation of new firms (entrepreneurial development like our HATCH and Pitching events). Second, attraction of external firms to our area (business recruitment like the Fleet Farm Distribution Center) is used by CCEDC. Last but not least- we use a strategy of working to improve the growth/expansion of our existing firms (Business Expansion and Retention or our BEAR Program). Up to 80% of net new jobs and capital investment in the Chippewa Valley is generated by existing firms, and these existing firms provide even more return on investment in smaller, rural market areas like Chippewa’s. Just recently the CCEDC BEAR team visited several [...]

Every business needs a personal visit!2019-08-28T17:00:34-05:00

School is around the corner!

School is right around the corner! CCEDC would like to wish all students a wonderful start to their school year. Work hard, study hard and have fun! As a reminder CCEDC is looking for motivated and enthusiastic fall interns! If you are interested please contact the office at or call (715)723-7150 to apply!

School is around the corner!2019-08-28T17:00:24-05:00

2nd Annual Career Exploring Event

Chippewa Falls, WI (US) August 13, 2019 – 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Exploring Program and celebrates decades of opportunities for young adults to become prepared for life. Career Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women grades 6-12. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. Students get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them. They develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in their selected career fields, and students get to know other peers with the same interests and aspirations. On August 13, 2019 at the Eagles Club in Chippewa Falls, over 100 Chippewa Valley business and citizens took [...]

2nd Annual Career Exploring Event2019-08-28T17:00:13-05:00

Strategic Planning-Listening Sessions

Join CCEDC in one of the five upcoming County Strategic Planning Listening Sessions. This is an critical opportunity to discuss economic development and how CCEDC works to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of communities by building local wealth, diversifying the economy, creating and retaining jobs, and building the local tax base.

Strategic Planning-Listening Sessions2019-08-29T19:30:14-05:00

Freight Forwarders 101 Event was a great success!

Lake Hallie, WI (US) July 24, 2019 – On July 24th, 2019 “Freight Forwarding 101” was held in Lake Hallie at Mid- State Truck Service Inc. where a dozen local businesses interested in learning about expanding their business through exporting attended this event. Increasing our local exports is an important activity of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) because of its possibilities for county growth, CCEDC understands that over 90% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s buying power lies outside Wisconsin and the United States. “Any local business needing to expand to the next level must consider exporting as a key part in that expansion strategy,” stated Charlie Walker of CCEDC. Exporting opportunities are not widely pursued by the majority of Chippewa Valley businesses. Less than 1 percent of [...]

Freight Forwarders 101 Event was a great success!2019-08-28T16:59:07-05:00

Historic Steam Locomotive Arrives in Chippewa Valley

Altoona, WI (US) July 23, 2019 – Since 1847, rail has had a significant impact on Wisconsin’s mobility and economic prosperity. There is no doubt that freight, intercity passenger, and commuter rail all benefit our local economy. Railroads have played a critical role in the development of the Chippewa Valley because important sectors of our local economy depend on freight rail to deliver low-value, high-volume, heavy commodities. They link raw materials and finished products to markets throughout North America and overseas. Finally, our freight-dependent industries, utilize train cars as moving warehouses, allowing manufacturers and producers to reduce inventory and warehousing costs while improving their competitive positions in the global marketplace. On July 23, 2019 several thousand Chippewa Valley businesses and citizens took part in recognizing the importance of the railroad and welcomed the [...]

Historic Steam Locomotive Arrives in Chippewa Valley2019-08-28T16:58:57-05:00

Chippewa Valley Exports

Chippewa Valley Exports “By receiving the exporting grant through UW-Oshkosh, CCEDC was able to utilize consultants, programs, and attend events to help local companies like [Barron County Cheese] Gene’s to get the programs and resources they need to diversify their sales portfolio.” says Charlie Walker, President and CEO of CCEDC. $2.7b Since instituting the CCEDC Business Retention Exporting Program, it has helped Wisconsin’s exports grow 6.1%. In 2018, where companies in Wisconsin exported $22.7 billion from the state Working constructively and collaboratively with federal, state, regional, and university stakeholders, the CCEDC is charged with developing a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy for Chippewa County that focuses on expanding our local trading relationships, promoting expansion projects, and assisting with identifying potential supply chain relationships. In 2018, in an effort to accelerate exports for Chippewa [...]

Chippewa Valley Exports2019-08-28T16:56:26-05:00