Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was able to help celebrate alongside Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) as they recently presented Rep. Rob Summerfield 67th Assembly District (R-Bloomer) as a Champion of Economic Development for the 2019-20 session for his leadership on legislative initiatives to drive economic growth and prosperity in Wisconsin. The award is presented to state legislators who exemplify WEDA’s mission of promoting economic development and are committed to making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and do business through effective policies.
Rep. Summerfield earned the “Champion of Economic Development” designation for his work on key legislation during the 2019-20 legislative session, which included Small Business Development, Tourism, and other various committees. This past session alone, Rep. Summerfield helped secure additional broadband grants for the Chippewa Valley; ushered through legislation to expand telehealth access and use; served on the bipartisan Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality; increased healthcare reimbursements for nursing homes and personal care workers; introduced and passed a bill to improve water infrastructure at Lake Wissota and other state parks; strengthened rural government efficiencies; advocated for and obtained funding for the upcoming UW-Eau Claire Health Sciences building; and much more.
“CCEDC is thankful for his dedicated work in the Chippewa Valley and are proud of the efforts and activities that he continues to do alongside our organization. Without Rep. Summerfield we would not be where we are today,” stated Charlie Walker, President/CEO of CCEDC
WEDA is presenting the award to 21 state lawmakers who exhibited an exceptional commitment to growing Wisconsin’s economy based on several factors, including voting record, sponsorship of legislation and responsiveness to critical economic development issues during the 2019-20 session.
During this small award ceremony Rep. Summerfield also announced his candidacy for re-election in the 67th Assembly District. Rep. Summerfield is a local small business owner in Bloomer; helping run and manage Two Acres Supper Club and Chippewa Valley Land Title, among other businesses, for over 14 years. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents in the 67th Assembly District over the past three years,” said Summerfield. “I’m no stranger to the unique challenges we face, especially now. Everyone has been hit hard recently, so during this trying time, I am especially proud to work with my local community leaders and Capitol colleagues to keep Wisconsin moving forward.”
Congratulations to all!