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 forward to continuing our assistance in export promotion, rural development and assisting in developing new talent initiatives like the new online tool kit to help businesses set up internship programs with UW schools,” expressed Missy Hughes. “These types of programs help businesses that don’t have enough workers think about growing them.”

“Having the opportunity for the CCEDC BOD and stakeholders to update Secretary Hughes on our recent accomplishment was important because she listened and provided us with some valuable feedback on how we can work closer together with WEDC to accomplish our projects. In addition, we took the opportunity to familiarize
her with our Certified Shovel Ready Lake Wissota Business Park and Opportunity Zone,” noted Charlie Walker, President/CEO of CCEDC.