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Wisconsin Farmers Union Selects Greenfire for Historic Renovation Project

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 [...]

Wisconsin Farmers Union Selects Greenfire for Historic Renovation Project2022-06-07T14:21:00-05:00

Northside Elevator Expands to Stanley, Wisconsin

Northside Elevator, based out of Loyal, Wisconsin (WI), has recently announced their selection of the Stanley's West Industrial Park in Chippewa County as the location for their next facility. The company, for the past year and a half, has been working with the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), CN Railroad, and the City of Stanley, WI on due diligence for the facility. The phased project calls for Northside to build a new $20 million master-planned facility complex containing several warehouses, office space, a fertilizer plant tower system, and a corn drying bin. Located on over 55 acres of land and adjacent to the CN Railroad, the facility will have abundant rail spurs and truck transportation egress ease to serve their customers in the Chippewa Valley. The company is expanding in response from their customers [...]

Northside Elevator Expands to Stanley, Wisconsin2022-04-28T15:40:41-05:00

Water’s Edge Cheese Curds Expands to Downtown Chippewa Falls

This week, Water’s Edge Cheese Curds made their official debut in the city of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin by hosting the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation's (CEDC's) Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Visit and a tour of their production facility. CEDC's BEAR Visit program is aimed at recognizing and supporting the accomplishments of our local businesses. We understand that 80 percent of all jobs created in a community are those from existing businesses whom we support and encourage. The BEAR Visits also open up a dialogue for everyone present to engage in a conversation about the supply chain, workforce, the business climate, and other economic issues. Over 12 years ago, Water’s Edge Cheese Curds started in a small building in Jim Falls, Wisconsin. Beginning as a secret recipe in the kitchen of a Northwoods Wisconsin supper [...]

Water’s Edge Cheese Curds Expands to Downtown Chippewa Falls2022-03-09T09:29:54-06:00

Advocating for Solutions

Dr. Lona Cook, Chair of the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation's (CEDC's) Advocacy Committee, noted that “the CEDC has been busy this past quarter working with our local legislators to support the use of Environmental Remediation Tax Increment Districts (ERTIDs), support more broadband funding, reduce healthcare costs, continue funding workforce apprenticeship and customized training grants, and take steps to solve the Chippewa Valley’s workforce housing crisis.” Recently, Charlie Walker, President and CEO of the CEDC, went to Madison to voice the organization’s support for establishing a state income tax income program for workforce housing. Through CEDC’s Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Visits, one of the main topics of concern for our local companies are (1) finding available talent and (2) having adequate housing for this talent in our communities. With this feedback, the CEDC's [...]

Advocating for Solutions2022-03-04T18:00:54-06:00

Workforce Innovation Projects Worthy of Funding

This week, CEDC staff and board members attended Gov. Tony Evers' announcement of the Workforce Innovation Grant Program's winning projects in the Chippewa Valley at the Davies Student Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Also in attendance were Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, CVTC President Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, and other dignitaries. Of the $60 million awarded, over $19 million was allocated to projects that CEDC supported, promoted, and worked on in some degree! It seems like only yesterday when CEDC staff and board members were invited to a meeting at CoLab in Eau Claire to attend a round table discussion and a call for the first round of projects/ideas for the Workforce Innovation Grant Program. [...]

Workforce Innovation Projects Worthy of Funding2021-12-22T09:43:25-06:00

Generations Academy Students Receive Tour of CVIC

Generations Academy is a non-profit charter school in Eau Claire, WI that specializes in individual development and project-based learning. Recently, the Generations Academy students had a business unit; every child from five to eighteen years old was instructed to come up with a business idea. In addition to the hands-on experience they got from their business projects, two groups of students were also able to see small businesses in action by receiving a tour of the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC). CVIC Board President and CEDC Board Chair, Tom Waldusky, guided both groups of students through each bay in the building. The students also got to hear from and speak with two CVIC tenants: Dave Espeseth, owner of Excel Medical Corp., and Anthony Nied, owner of Safe & Simple Organic Lawns. Both had their [...]

Generations Academy Students Receive Tour of CVIC2021-12-04T12:03:51-06:00

Chippewa County Declares October as Manufacturing Month

[October 6, 2021 – Chippewa Falls, WI] In an executive meeting on October 5th, the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to declare October 2021 as Chippewa County Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing Month is nationally recognized as one of the most important celebratory months in the workforce because of its intense focus on the next generation. In the Chippewa Valley, manufacturing is one of the most important industries and is in constant need of up-and-coming talent. Celebrating Manufacturing Month in the Chippewa Valley allows local organizations a chance to connect schools and companies to forge talent pipelines. The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] submitted the resolution and created branding unique to Chippewa County. The CCEDC is also planning on hosting several events that highlight the importance of manufacturing in the area’s [...]

Chippewa County Declares October as Manufacturing Month2021-10-06T09:52:43-05:00

Mason Companies Breaks Ground on New Building

One of our main objectives is helping our existing businesses find a home for their facilities when they outgrow their current space, and they cannot expand at their current location. When existing businesses expand, they bring new investment. New investment in the Chippewa Valley is crucial to the consistent economic development of the area. In August, Mason Companies held a ground breaking ceremony in celebration of their newest expansion to the Lake Wissota Business Park [LWBP] in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The CCEDC assisted Hoeft Builders and Mason Companies in planning and organizing the ceremony. Over 100 people attended, including Wisconsin Senator Kathy Bernier, Representative Rob Summerfield, and Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman, along with President and CEO of the CCEDC, Charlie Walker. There were also executives from Hoeft, Mason, River Valley Architects, and [...]

Mason Companies Breaks Ground on New Building2021-08-20T13:04:07-05:00

BEAR Lunch & Learn: Talent in the Digital Age

Most people don't know that 85-95% of all job creation comes from a community's existing businesses. CCEDC gets it and understands that. That's why we work through our BEAR [Business Expansion and Retention] program to help them grow and expand. As a part of our mission, we aim to provide or direct our area's businesses to all the  available resources they could possibly need, especially in the areas of talent/workforce attraction and retention. Our BEAR Lunch & Learn events are designed to provide existing businesses with such relevant information so that our business community can apply it to their daily practices. Recently, a CCEDC BEAR Lunch & Learn centered around the topic of improving talent recruitment through digital marketing. Justin Vajko, owner of Dialog Design Co., led a fascinating discussion on talent in [...]

BEAR Lunch & Learn: Talent in the Digital Age2021-08-12T09:31:23-05:00

CCEDC Riverfront Job Fair Was Teeming with Opportunities

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, [...]

CCEDC Riverfront Job Fair Was Teeming with Opportunities2021-07-22T12:34:50-05:00

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