This session works on workforce attraction, the role of the internet and how to attract new talent.
While Wisconsin continues to experience substantial growth in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare, engineering and many others industries the pace of change continues to accelerate as we prepare tomorrow's workers for their future jobs, some which do not even exist yet. Many middle schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions are quickly adapting their programs and curriculum to best prepare our students for these new advancements and environments that are developing right here in Wisconsin. To help strengthen our local employers and district stakeholders Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and CESA 10 hosted a seminar on February 12th, 2020 where over a dozen businesses and district leaders gathered for a conversation regarding "Central Region Business & Industry." This seminar luncheon provided district stakeholders valuable feedback from Chippewa County companies on their labor market needs, [...]
Has your business received any less-than- favorable online review?
2020 is starting out great for the BEAR Business Expansion and Retention Lunch & Learn Programs! CCEDC knows that the strong "engines" of our local economy are our existing businesses. Helping them stay in "know" learn strategies to help them grow is what our BEAR Program is all about. CCEDC organized the most recent BEAR lunch & learn was to assist local businesses on how to deal with less-than flattering feedback from online reviews. Presented by Dr. Emily Elsner Twesme owner and operator of Bright Business Consulting the program was held at the The Hive (formerly Deb's Cafe') in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. Over 17 Business representatives attended discussed reviewing and addressing on-line negative feedback, importance of gathering information on what is being said online about their business and learned steps to implement a [...]
The potential exists to increase local companies’ sales through exporting. CCEDC hosted a round table discussion where over a dozen Chippewa Valley companies asked questions about the advantages of exporting their products to Central Europe. Paul Smerda, the Senior Manager at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) European Trade Representative Firm in Berlin, Germany lead a discussion and answered questions concerning the upcoming WEDC trade venture to Germany in June 2020, market trends, and recommended pro-active sales strategies for doing business in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Scandinavia. Wisconsin has a history of strong German immigration and shares many similarities such as a strong manufacturing base, an emphasis on quality, and instilling a strong work ethic. In 2018 Germany was Wisconsin’s 4th largest trading partner exporting $814 million worth of goods and [...]
Chippewa County is on the cusp of expanding on its recent economic boom, the President/CEO of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation(CCEDC)-Charlie Walker said. According to Walker, “The county began the process of looking into the feasibility of adding or building another Certified Shovel Ready Business Park because in part of the most recent success of the current Lake Wissota Business Park." Chippewa County officials want to expand on that success by making room for more businesses. As part of that process Chippewa County hired a consultant to look at the feasibility of such a project. CCEDC organized meetings between businesses, elected leaders, site selectors and other economic development stakeholders to gather input and feedback for the new business/industrial park. The consultants and CCEDC spent two days touring Chippewa County looking at current [...]
Barron County Cheese and CCEDC Recognized at Mid-America EDC’s 2019 Annual Economic Development Awards
Barron County Cheese, located in the northwestern Wisconsin town of Barron, envisioned becoming an entrepreneurial exporter in the global market. Their vision was to become an industry leader in cheese packaging and conversion, providing an unmatched quality of service to all customers through ongoing improvement in global research, teamwork, safety, versatility, and innovation. It is proof that hard work pays off as Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is proud to share that Barron County Cheese was awarded as a winner for the Entrepreneurial Award (small division) category for the Mid-America EDC’s 2019 Annual Economic Development Awards! Recognition for both CCEDC and Barron County Cheese took place at the at awards luncheon program at the Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum in Downtown Chicago. CCEDC helped Barron County Cheese seek new ways [...]
Missy Hughes, Secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) visited Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) to receive an update on the organization’s Business Retention, Entrepreneurial Development and Workforce Strategies that are currently being deployed. Mayor Greg Hoffman of the City of Chippewa Falls updated Missy Hughes on the critical partnership that the City has with CCEDC. “One of the reasons our economic development program is successful is because we have built a great team that works together and always looks for ways to improve it,” stated Mayor Hoffman. The group discussed ways in which the two organizations can better work together to help grow the regional economy, while strengthening our talent pipeline in the Chippewa Valley. “WEDC is appreciative of the partnership we have with CCEDC and we look [...]
Freezing cold temperatures and a little bit of snow can't slow down Economic Development growth and progress in Chippewa County! Proof of progress comes in the way of the construction at the new DHL site at the Lake Wissota Business Park. CCEDC is looking forward to watching all of the great progress continue as the cold months dwindle on.
Every October - Manufacturing Month - Manufacturers across Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and next door utilize the month as an opportunity to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. With a continued goal of providing our future workforce with exposure to real STEM workplaces, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) has organized, hosted, or arranged over 50 tours to 20 different Chippewa Valley manufacturing sites. Since 2006 the CCEDC Program has introduced over 300 students from middle school, homeschool, high school, plus teachers, athletic coaches, scouting organizations and parents to the world of modern manufacturing. On October 30, 2019, TTM Technologies, Inc, (TTM) one of Chippewa Falls largest employers and a leading global printed circuit board manufacturer that focuses on quick-turn and volume production of technologically advanced PCBs, backplane assemblies and [...]