Local and Mid-West Companies that are searching for a location that has all the resources that they will need — and where they can break ground right away are looking to Lake Wissota Business Park (LWBP) in Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

With over 75 acres LWBP has just earned Certified Shovel Ready Designation from Xcel Energy. Working with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Xcel Energy’ accepted LWBP into their certified Site Program which increases speed to market and offers customers access to Xcel Energy’s nation-leading renewable energy portfolio for companies to grow their business in Chippewa County.

Xcel Energy Certified Shovel-ready sites gives LWBP and Chippewa County a competitive edge in attracting business startups, expansions or relocations because the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development project are already complete and third party verified by Xcel Energy’s Economic Development Team.

CCEDC knows that certifying sites brings LWBP readiness to a point that it creates a competitive advantage in the location selection process, leads to more site selection visits, and tends to attract larger capital investments. CCEDC was proud to have Julie Thoney and Robert Schultz of Xcel Energy discuss the advantages of the Xcel Energy Certified Site – Lake Wissota Business Park to Project 1212 -our client. This client is looking to expand their operations in Western Wisconsin and they are on a fast timeline…. something the Xcel Energy Certified Site Program will help with.

The next actions for CCEDC is to work with Xcel Energy and begin the process of certifying the Stanely Industrial Park in Stanley, Wisconsin as an Xcel Energy Certified Site.