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The U-Haul Growth Index: A Local Perspective

This morning, CEDC stopped over at the Chippewa Falls U-Haul Moving Center and had a quick BEAR Discussion with Paul Zillmer, the general manager, to gain a little insight on what he sees is happening in migration and out-migration within the Chippewa Valley. Many don't know, but U-Haul publishes their U-Haul Growth Index on a yearly basis. This annual report determines growth by calculating the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. California and Illinois, for the second consecutive year, witnessed the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks. Zillmer noted that while this report shows migration trends, they do not directly correlate to population growth. However, it's a pretty good gauge of how well cities are attracting and retaining its residents. "The [...]

The U-Haul Growth Index: A Local Perspective2022-01-05T11:10:17-06:00

Workforce Innovation Projects Worthy of Funding

This week, CEDC staff and board members attended Gov. Tony Evers' announcement of the Workforce Innovation Grant Program's winning projects in the Chippewa Valley at the Davies Student Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Also in attendance were Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt, CVTC President Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, and other dignitaries. Of the $60 million awarded, over $19 million was allocated to projects that CEDC supported, promoted, and worked on in some degree! It seems like only yesterday when CEDC staff and board members were invited to a meeting at CoLab in Eau Claire to attend a round table discussion and a call for the first round of projects/ideas for the Workforce Innovation Grant Program. [...]

Workforce Innovation Projects Worthy of Funding2021-12-22T09:43:25-06:00

Sept. 17, 2019 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation is aggressively focused on increasing entrepreneurship in the rural communities of our county. There are several untold opportunities in our rural area that can serve as a catalysts to help spur economic diversification efforts. One of those opportunities is the Sept. 17, 2019 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and CCEDC staff will be there to hear panelists Jonathon Horne, managing director of Idea Fund of La Crosse, a seed stage venture capital fund established in 2016 to invest in pre-revenue and early stage revenue startup companies; and Mike Schulte, head analyst and head of legal of Great North Labs, which is an early-stage venture fund for the upper Midwest. This event is Cross-border investing: Minnesota, Wisconsin VCs -is great opportunities for innovators from two [...]

Sept. 17, 2019 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon2019-09-06T12:27:21-05:00

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