Momentum West Annual Meeting and Economic Development Awards to Be Held March 31st

17 Mar 2021


The organization will be recognizing businesses, partners and community leaders positively impacting the region’s economy and quality of life.

Eau Claire, WI, March 17, 2021. Momentum West, a regional economic development organization, will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Economic Development Awards virtually on March 31st from 11 to noon. This well-attended event celebrates the best of West Central Wisconsin and those who are making a difference in the community every day. Sponsored by Bremer Bank, it is an opportunity for the community to come together. 

“We have a lot to celebrate in West Central Wisconsin. While 2020 was certainly a challenging and unprecedented year, it was also a year when local businesses, partners and organizations rose to those challenges. They demonstrated the strength, resiliency, dedication and innovative spirit that defines West Central Wisconsin. As a community leader I am proud of what we have accomplished together and pleased to be able to shine light on leaders within our community,” said Steve Jahn, Executive Director of Momentum West. 

Momentum West received a wide variety of nominations submitted by community members throughout the region. Of those, several were chosen to receive awards, including:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award - UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire Foundation - The Center for Racial and Restorative Justice - Sponsored by Market & Johnson
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Water Street Deli and Grocery – Sponsored by WEDC/StartIn WCW
  • Top Project of the Year - VES, a project by John and Jennifer McBride – Sponsored by Hoeft Builders
  • Top Talent Initiative - Chippewa County YouthBuild -  Sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System
  • Young Professional of the Year - Keri Schreiner, Economic Development Manager for the City of River Falls - Sponsored by RCU
  • Regional Collaboration Award - GMDC Virtual Spec Building and WiSys VentureHome– Sponsored by RCU
  • Regional Impact Award - Red Cedar Watershed -  Sponsored by Xcel Energy
  • Above and Beyond Award - Regional Health Care Workers - Sponsored by CVTC

Recipients will be recognized at the Annual Meeting on March 31st from 11 to noon. Community members are welcome to attend the virtual event by clicking here



About Momentum West

Momentum West is the regional economic development organization serving ten counties in west central Wisconsin including Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties. Their priorities include marketing and branding West Wisconsin for business and talent attraction, development and retention, serving as economic development support conduit in West Wisconsin, developing collaborative efforts with regional partners to drive business and talent development and attraction and advocating for regional projects and Initiatives.