Spring has sprung and Wisconsin is in bloom. You might not know, but May is a very busy month. For instance, May is American Cheese Month, Beef Month, Correct Your Posture Month, International Drum Month, National Asparagus Month, National Motorcycle Awareness Month, National Returning Youth Month, Sturge-Weber Syndrome Awareness, National Mental Health Awareness Month, National Wildfire Awareness Month, National Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Date Your Mate Month… you get the point!

There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate, and there are even weeks within May to celebrate, like National Small Business Week (May 1-7). But our favorite week in the month of May is Economic Development Week (May 9-13)!

It is during this week that communities across North America will 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.

In the Chippewa Valley, our local governments have officially proclaimed Economic Development Week. Being the  only professionally staffed economic development agency in Chippewa County that works continuously with our budding entrepreneurs, our existing businesses, and our talent pipelines, CEDC utilizes the week to not only pat ourselves on the back but to congratulate our partners, collaborators, and colleagues. It is always productive to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and gather together to network and rejuvenate each other so the mission of economic development can continue.

Many of the Chippewa Valley’s EDOs are busy planning their own celebrations of Economic Development Week, so on Thursday, May 12, CEDC has partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) and Applied Data Consultants to organize and host a thank-you gathering of these organizations’ Board of Directors. Recognizing them for the unique role that their economic development teams play in creating vibrant communities and helping them grow, adjust, adapt, and bounce back when disasters, pandemics, or recessions occur, this reception is just a small token of our gratitude for what they do. See you Thursday!