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Farm Technology Days Unwraps the Secret

Along with cookies and milk, this holiday season the local Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD) Committee continued their work alongside the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) in identifying the location for the 2024 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days show to be hosted in Chippewa County. Recently, they held a press conference at Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative's (CVEC) office in Cornell, WI to "unwrap" or reveal the host farm and the venue. The committee is proud to announce that it has chosen a date and location. Scheduled for August 13-15, 2024, at the Country/Rock Fest grounds in Cadott, Wisconsin (WI). Set on 360 acres of field, this fitting venue has been hosting events since 1987 and has a history of partnering with its neighbor, Close Farms which the committee has named as the host farm [...]

Farm Technology Days Unwraps the Secret2022-12-16T17:26:35-06:00

$1.6 Million Grant For Crescent Meats

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and White House domestic policy advisor Susan Rice were in Chippewa County to award grant funds to Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) investor Crescent Meats. Along with other CEDC investors CBS Squared and the Roc Group the team helped the company apply for the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP)-a Biden Administration program plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars across the country to increase competition, boost farmer and rancher income and lower grocery costs for families. Crescent Meats application was part of the first round of grants investing $73 million and was one of 21 projects across the country awarded funding.   Secretary Vilsack explained that there was $150 million set aside for grants like the one Lautsbaugh’s receiving. The Department of Agriculture [...]

$1.6 Million Grant For Crescent Meats2022-11-08T12:37:10-06:00

CEDC Board Member Highlight

CEDC Board Member Ron Haas has been serving the organization for over five years. Currently the owner of Martino's Restaurant in Stanley Wisconsin, he has a passion for business growth and entrepreneurship. "I like to know what is going on in the community and if I can have a small part in helping it grow and do better then I am doing a great job! “It was a good year,” Martino’s owner Ron Haas said of the Pizza and Prevention fundraiser on Oct. 8 at Martino’s. The total raised was $8,651.88 and split equally between Stanley Fire and Boyd-Edson-Delmar (B-E-D) Fire and EMS Departments. A total of 445 large pizzas were sold, the rest being generated by small pizzas and soda. In addition, there was no fire calls for the day, meaning that [...]

CEDC Board Member Highlight2022-12-06T13:01:19-06:00

CEDC Board Members Attend Business Day

On Wednesday October 19, 2022, several Chippewa Economic Development Corporation Board members attended Business Day in Madison. The event brought business leaders from all over the state including Chippewa Economic Development Corporation’s (CEDC) Rebecca Reinhardt, Deb Chilson, and Mary Stabenow to discuss important issues facing the business community and our state. The day was filled with featured speakers that included former United States Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, former New York Congressman Steve Israel, Managing Director and Head of CIO Portfolios at Merrill Lynch Vineet Budhraja, and President & CEO of Jack Links Troy Link. Topping off the event was the announcement of the coolest things manufactured in Wisconsin. This year over 150 products were nominated to be the “Coolest Thing Manufactured in the State”! The [...]

CEDC Board Members Attend Business Day2022-10-24T15:36:21-05:00

CEDC Nominated Projects Recognized By WEDA

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) recently announced the four winners of its annual Community and Economic Development Awards (CEDA). The CEDA Awards were established by WEDA to recognize and celebrate businesses, projects, and organizations that are making significant contributions to Wisconsin’s economy. Winners were unveiled and celebrated at the 2022 CEDA Awards Ceremony, which was held on Sept. 29 as part of WEDA’s Fall Best Practices Conference in La Crosse, WI. The Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) nominated several projects that the organization has been involved and assisted with. The CEDC nominated the Mason Companies expansion project for WEDA’s Business Retention and Expansion category. This award honors innovative economic development projects where communities have successfully mobilized to help retain and potentially expand the operations of an existing business critical to the economic [...]

CEDC Nominated Projects Recognized By WEDA2022-10-07T13:57:28-05:00

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

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

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