Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) would like to congratulate Governor Evers on his pick of Melissa Hughes who will replace and take over for former WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan. Hogan, who was appointed in 2015 by former Gov. Scott Walker, officially resigned Tuesday. Hughes will begin on October 1st and will become the first woman to lead the organization.Melissa Hughes, who has spent the last 15-plus years as general counsel with Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative. Hughes joined La Farge-based Organic Valley in 2003 as chief mission office and general counsel. The cooperative of organic livestock, dairy and vegetable farmers was created in 1988.

“With her background helping small businesses and family farms, coupled with her experience navigating complex governmental, regulatory, trade, and business matters, Missy Hughes will be an incredible asset to our team as we work to grow an economy that works for everyone,” Gov. Evers stated. “Missy Hughes is a proven leader at one of Wisconsin’s most successful, homegrown businesses. I am confident that under her leadership, the WEDC will find innovative ways to create economic development opportunities in all 72 counties,” Gov. Evers expressed.

“Chippewa County looks forward to working with Ms.  Hughes, especially because she understands the importance that  our rural areas, like Chippewa County have on the overall Wisconsin economy and we think she will do an exceptional job promoting economic development and wealth in Wisconsin. We look forward to hosting her in Chippewa County and continuing our partnership with WEDC,” stressed Charlie Walker, President/CEO of CCEDC.