Join the CEDC at our office for a special listening session with Rebecca Cooke, a current running candidate for Congress. We'll talk about current issues (supply chain, labor, etc.) as well as next steps.
Join the CEDC and Alliance Plastics for a special listening session with Senator Ron Johnson.
CEDC’s Charlie Walker was invited to participate in the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Solutions Summit at the Pablo Center. As part of a breakout panel discussion, he highlighted the collaboration between CEDC and Momentum West in developing the regional economic development organization’s video series. The Workforce Solutions Summit is specifically designed to provide area employers with practical solutions. The Regional Talent Initiatives panel also consisted of Alms Creative owner William Alms, UW-Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank, Jenny Radcliffe of Dairyland Power, and Brian Elwood of Xcel Energy. Over 40 attendees participated in the panel discussion. The importance of communicating to the next generation of talent cannot be overemphasized. CEDC Executive Board Member Maureen Carlson was instrumental in launching the promotional video series when she chaired the Momentum West Board of Directors. Maureen continuously [...]
Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) is a CCEDC economic development strategy that proactively connects with existing businesses to understand and respond to their needs. Special attention is given to our small businesses that employ 150 individuals or less. These existing small businesses and their workforce are key measuring sticks of the Chippewa Valley’s economic health. It is important that CCEDC continues to build positive relationships with our local businesses, connect with them regularly, and follow up with them when problems are identified. CCEDC aims to proactively address small issues before they arise and become big issues that may impact critical business activities. This is what BEAR Discussions are all about! These (BEAR) discussions center around improving relationships with local governments, educational institutions, and supply chains. CEDCC would like to thank Klaus Bauer of [...]
Economic development professionals, community leaders and businesses from across Wisconsin gathered virtually to view a live stream of the 2020 Community and Economic Development Awards (CEDA) held by Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). WEDA and its partner organizations created the CEDA program to recognize economic development best practices of businesses and organizations that are making their community a better place to live and work. The CEDA program celebrates the dedicated efforts of local, county, regional, state and private organizations that are advancing Wisconsin's economy. In turn, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is honored to share that two companies in the Chippewa Valley were recognized and awarded in two different categories at this prestigious virtual event hosted by WEDA. Since 2008 VES, a Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin based global company that scientifically designs environmental [...]
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 [...]
The City of Chippewa Falls and the Redevelopment Authority deadline is fast approaching for the recently announced "Redevelopment Authority Covid-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Program", which is aimed to assist businesses within the city limits of Chippewa Falls. This grant program is designed to assist in offsetting costs of commercial property mortgages, loans, and leases following the March 17, 2020 "Safer at Home" order. The program offers eligible businesses up to 60 days, up to a maximum of $2,500 for commercial rent, mortgage, or lease payments that became due after March 17, 2020. Who is Eligible: Small businesses with 15 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees prior to the Safer at Home Order Must be located in a brick and mortar storefront as a major tenant or owner, within the City of Chippewa Falls [...]
CCEDC Lunch & Learn event, we will be exploring current challenges and future opportunities of using USDA Rural Development resources to help finance businesses with a special emphasis on hemp-related agricultural operations.
Chippewa County Economic Development Legislative Committee meets with State Senator Kathleen Bernier
Through its Legislative Committee, CCEDC takes a proactive approach to working with the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, state government agencies, and local legislative bodies whose actions and decisions impact our state and local business climate. We work with our partners to help advocate for policies, initiatives and programs that promote job creation, encourage investment, improves our ability to recruit, grow, and retain talented workers and employers-resulting in economic prosperity throughout Chippewa County. Year round, the CCEDC Legislative Committee monitors notable policies from our local legislators and how these policies might affect our economic development programs and processes. With Wisconsin lawmakers preparing to adjourn for the year-the Chippewa County Economic Development Legislative Committee meet with State Senator Kathleen Bernier on February 21st, 2020 at the Fleet Farm Distribution Center in Lake Wissota [...]