There are all kinds of reasons to celebrate Economic Development Week (May 9-13), but one of the most important is to 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, as well as encourage teamwork among organizations and businesses.

In the Chippewa Valley, our local governments have officially proclaimed Economic Development Week. CEDC utilizes the week to not only pat ourselves on the back but to congratulate our partners, collaborators, and colleagues for all the hard work they do. It is always productive to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and gather together to network and lift each other up so the mission of economic development can continue.

On Thursday, May 12, CEDC 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 was just a small token of our gratitude for what they do. We took a little trip to the Cantina with tacos from Burracho’s, margaritas, and Coronas with lime. Attendees also got to tour Applied Data’s facility, just built last year by Hoeft Builders. One lucky winner in our business card drawing received a gift basket for an extra special Cantina experience!