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News & Events


The economy in western Wisconsin is thriving and businesses in the area are continuing to experience growth. That's the good news. The challenge is that...
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Posted on Nov 06, 2017
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TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - Wineries are popping up across Wisconsin. The recent uptick in the Wisconsin wine industry over the past decade has a lot...
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Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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Wisconsin state government has been bracing for the looming workforce crisis for years. "We've had quite a lot of warning for this," said Dennis Winters, chief...
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Posted on Oct 25, 2017
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Two new faces are welcoming students to a small, brightly-colored office tucked away in the Chippewa Falls Middle School, which houses the Chippewa Area Mentor...
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Posted on Oct 24, 2017
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To the untrained eye, they may not look like much — rows upon rows of sleek-looking metal boxes stacked high inside another metal box in...
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Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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At the De Buhr family farm in Grant County, the workers have been getting harder to find. Cory De Buhr, 48, returned from college in 1994...
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Posted on Oct 22, 2017
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Employment in Polk County has increased beyond pre-recession levels. But signs of poverty persist. Full article  
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Posted on Oct 21, 2017
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It started small, with a meal “paid forward” in the drive-thru last summer. But a recipient of that stranger’s gift, a 5-year-old Osceola boy named...
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Posted on Oct 20, 2017
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The owners of Lucky Panda joined the Osceola Historical Society earlier this summer in celebrating River Rails and Trails Days. The Spitzer Building — one...
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Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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The River City Dance Company opened a dance studio on Sept. 6 at 132 North Washington Street in St. Croix Falls.  The owner, Sheryl Baker, started her...
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Posted on Oct 17, 2017
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It was just two days that was more than two months in the making. But to the residents and businesses featured during WCCO TV’s final...
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Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Wisconsin is full of people and organization dedicated to economic development and making our state the best place to live, own a business or to...
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Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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It’s often been said that newspapers record the first draft of history for a community. For over 125 years, the Amery Free Press has been...
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Posted on Oct 14, 2017
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The sun has set on Amery’s long-vacant ALCO building. Gustafson Excavating out of North Branch, Minn. began demolition on the structure September 5. The site is...
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Posted on Oct 13, 2017
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The set of buildings being developed on Second Street in Hudson near the I-94 entrance will likely be completed by the end of October, welcoming...
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Posted on Oct 12, 2017
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In the old home of Fiesta Loca at 131 Carmichael Road, a new Mexican restaurant is looking to bring authentic food to Hudson. "We're continuing that...
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Posted on Oct 11, 2017
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In March, Jeff Volovsek of Hudson sat in a crowded room at the University of Wisconsin — River Falls and watched his son, John, pitch...
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Posted on Oct 09, 2017
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Business is booming in Wisconsin and now is the perfect time to locate here and catch the wave. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has launched...
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Posted on Oct 09, 2017
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Apple Crisp, Golden Delicious, Gala, just to name a few. These apples can be found on the 30-acre farm in El Paso Township, where new ownership...
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Posted on Oct 06, 2017
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CREATE A PROFILE Statewide, online sourcing tool is free and allows opportunity to showcase full capabilities The statewide Supply Chain Marketplace has unveiled a Foxconn-specific directory for...
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Posted on Oct 05, 2017
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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provided an overview of supply chain (contract vendor) opportunities associated with Foxconn Technology Group at the Cashman Conference Center, WITC-New Richmond...
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Posted on Oct 03, 2017
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If you own a business and need temporary or gap financing, you may not find it at the bank. You could, however, receive capital from...
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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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If you are a rock-hound, get in the car and head to Wyoming. Our state really rocks and for thousands of reasons. In Wyoming, the...
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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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People determine their own happiness. But how content we are with life is not only and always a matter of perspective. And it’s certainly not...
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Posted on Oct 01, 2017
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“About 20 years ago, it was seen as really important to be strategic rather than tactical,” says neuroscientist Tara Swart. But advances in her field,...
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Posted on Sep 29, 2017
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Cheese. Cold winters. Packers. When people in other parts of the country think of Wisconsin, those are some of the main ideas that come to mind,...
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Posted on Sep 27, 2017
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Two Wisconsin businesses, including one from the Chippewa Valley, are being invited to the White House for a roundtable on small business. Jeff Dykes is with...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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After a 10-year hiatus, Wiscsonsin Indianhead Technical College is bringing back the Selling Principles class this coming fall. Several business owners had lamented that local sales...
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Posted on Sep 26, 2017
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Expanding community services, attracting new businesses, creating jobs, and generating opportunities takes the commitment of everyone. The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is dedicated...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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Opportunities can come out of the most unlikely of places. In Pepin, it looks to be out with the crops and in with the flowers. Tom...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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MADISON, WI. – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations for a grant program designed to advance the statewide climate...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services linemen, Bryon Gilles and Brett Pauly, joined volunteer line crews from 17 other Wisconsin electric cooperatives aiding in...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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From the fourth-floor community room at software developer Jamf, employees can grab a local craft beer from the fridge, teleconference with mentors at Fortune 500...
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Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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How Wisconsin Landed Foxconn Remember the big one that got away? Wisconsin doesn’t. Landing the largest capital investment in state history has a way of erasing bad...
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Posted on Sep 24, 2017
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In honor of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's 150th anniversary this month, the Chippewa Herald has published a special commemorative section that looks back at...
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Posted on Sep 22, 2017
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CHIPPEWA FALLS — With the number of craft breweries in Wisconsin nearly doubling since 2011, opportunities exist for farmers to help meet the growing demand...
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Posted on Sep 21, 2017
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Imagine running or walking the streets at night lacking the appropriate reflective gear. A car is coming, but the driver can’t see you. Yaroslava Barmenkova and...
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Posted on Sep 20, 2017
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Polk County Wisconsin's first-ever Equine Assisted Therapy Center didn't just come together by chance. Two of the three founders had been contemplating the idea for...
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Posted on Sep 19, 2017
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Are you a landowner or developer in West Wisconsin? If so, finding the right buyer, partner or investor may be a challenge. To address this,...
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Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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The opening of the Hotel Osceola a century ago was heralded with a grand banquet and a front-page story in the Osceola Sun. The concrete and...
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Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s workforce development needs, all nine of the state’s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop a...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Category: Workforce, Talent Development

Eau Claire has been selected to be the Green Flag City - or starting point - for the 11th season of the FIREBALL RUN, a...
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Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Category: Regional News

Minnesota company to occupy new facility in Osceola MADISON, WI. Aug. 18, 2017 – Kage Innovation LLC, which invents and manufactures custom snow removal and lawn...
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Posted on Aug 25, 2017
Category: Polk County

Momentum West, WEDC, and other regional organizations launch statewide initiative to address workforce development needs Statewide expansion of web-based platform will enable local employers to...
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Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Category: Inspire

Spur for development Three Wisconsin communities could be affected by the bridge. The bridge enters the Wisconsin side at St. Joseph, with its rolling farmland dotted by...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2017
Category: Economic Development

Momentum West Nominated for Economic Development Award   The Lower Chippewa Valley in western Wisconsin is primed for growth.  Located immediately adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul,...
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Category: Economic Development, Awards and Recognition

The Chippewa Valley Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 15 approved a 2017-18 budget that provides for new programs and major building projects in Eau...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2017
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The Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million addition to the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) campus at River...
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Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Category: Workforce

The construction of a spec building can be an expensive proposition with significant risk involved.  It can also be burdensome to the property owner, developer...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
Category: Gold Shovel

WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds   MADISON, WI. March 30, 2017 – The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Mills Fleet Farm to Construct New Distribution Center in Chippewa County, Wisconsin   Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) today announced the Ryan Companies purchased 70 acres...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional News

Careers, Technology on Display at Manufacturing Show CVTC annual event showcases modern industry   Eau Claire, WI – Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Workforce

Seminar:  Foundations of Food Exporting Thursday, April 20, 2017 Join Food Export–Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to become a more experienced...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional News

As part of Momentum West’s agreement with the Ignite WI board of directors, Momentum West is offering $1,500 grants to each of the ten counties...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
Category: Regional Report

Over the last few months we’ve focused on the progress being made with our regional talent initiative.  Things are still moving ahead with almost all...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

WITC offers construction class in response to industry plea As part of its 50-year commitment to the communities it serves, WITC-New Richmond is responding to a...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

New CVTC Mechanical Design program approved Two apprenticeship programs also given nod by state WTCS board Eau Claire, WI – Mechanical Design will be making a comeback...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Workforce Training

Wisconsin Senate Levels the PLA-ing Field: Passes Bill to Minimize Cost of Public Works Construction Projects On February 8th, the Wisconsin Senate, along strict party lines...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Business News

WiFab Retreat: July 17-21, 2017 A retreat for educators, innovators and makers. Get inspired! 278 Jarvis Hall UW-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751   Learn more about this event here. For more information, contact Terese...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Category: Regional News

All eight strategies developed as part of the regional talent initiative are off and running.  I’d like to acknowledge some of the folks that have...
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Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Category: Regional Report

When Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) announced a year ago that its River Falls campus would be offering the first year of its Automation Engineering...
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Posted on Jun 02, 2017
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