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Please join us in congratulating Chippewa Valley legislators for their hard work and stay for a "feedback social" on current issues. If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP below.
Mark your calendar for August 19th - it's the CEDC Annual Meeting! Join us for networking, good times, and celebrating economic development in the Chippewa Valley. Location and time are to be determined. Don't forget - the CEDC Business of the Year award nominations are still open! Click here to learn more.
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 [...]
Wangard Partners, Inc. (Wangard), a Milwaukee-based full-service real estate development firm, announced today the sale of a 7.4 acre site in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to Festival Foods (Festival). Wangard’s Chippewa Crossing development covers approximately 60 acres, and is located at the intersection of Seymour Cray Sr. Blvd and Chippewa Crossing Blvd. Festival plans to start construction on their new store in the spring in 2023 and open later that year. “We are very excited to have Festival Foods as the anchor for our Chippewa Crossing development!" said Stewart Wangard, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “Festival Foods is a very successful, Wisconsin-based grocery brand and their presence in Chippewa Falls will be an impactful option for the community.” "We are so excited to see new development in the Chippewa Crossing area," stated Charlie [...]
Dr. Lona Cook, Chair of the Chippewa Economic Development Corporation's (CEDC's) Advocacy Committee, noted that “the CEDC has been busy this past quarter working with our local legislators to support the use of Environmental Remediation Tax Increment Districts (ERTIDs), support more broadband funding, reduce healthcare costs, continue funding workforce apprenticeship and customized training grants, and take steps to solve the Chippewa Valley’s workforce housing crisis.” Recently, Charlie Walker, President and CEO of the CEDC, went to Madison to voice the organization’s support for establishing a state income tax income program for workforce housing. Through CEDC’s Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Visits, one of the main topics of concern for our local companies are (1) finding available talent and (2) having adequate housing for this talent in our communities. With this feedback, the CEDC's [...]
We've all been through a lot this year: the pandemic, supply chain issues, and talent shortages, just to name a few. What is awesome is that the Chippewa Valley has continued to prosper because of the hard work ethic of our citizens, our businesses' ability to innovate, our abundance of entrepreneurship, and those individuals who support the mission of the CEDC. We close out this year being reminded of how fortunate we are in the Chippewa Valley. This month, the Governor announced that UW-Eau Claire and CVTC were winners in the Innovation Grant Program. Businesses continue to build and expand during the winter, and we are excited for the upcoming adventures that await us in 2022! May the gift of love, peace, and happiness be yours this Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas and [...]
Join CCEDC and Lona Cook from Cook Chiropractic Center in Chippewa Falls, WI, we believe everyone deserves to live in their fullest expression of life. When there is disconnection or pain in the mind, body, or spirt it an cause problems on many levels of your well-being
Governor Evers spent the afternoon in Chippewa Falls, WI with a shovel in his hand while discussing the importance of Wisconsin’s infrastructure alongside Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson. The duo is touring the state while fixing potholes to promote the governor’s proposed roads budget for 2021-2023. Evers and Thompson also made stops in Wausau and Appleton. Evers discussed repairing bridges, roads, and investing in our transportation throughout the state as local communities like Chippewa Falls need reliable infrastructure to allow people to safely get to point A to point B. “Thompson and I want to emphasize that we feel very strongly about this issue. The hard work for repairs is done by local workers, municipalities, and cities as they are responsible for this. The state has to do their job to financially [...]
In speaking with Chippewa Valley contractors one topic continues to rise to the top…..rising costs of lumber and steel! In recent weeks steel price increases have caused many contractors to rework the material costs on their jobs. Lumber prices, which skyrocketed upward at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 began to come back down around the end of the summer of 2020. Currently both the lumber and steel prices have taken off again surging 20% to 25%. Experts predict that lumber and steel prices will remain elevated into 2022, but lower than the current extreme rates. According to the Producer Price Index, softwood lumber prices increased 73% while Iron and steel scrap jumped 50% over the past year. Many potential homeowners are rapidly being forced out of the market due to these [...]