Momentum West’s 2023 Year in Review: Paving the Way for Progress

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6 Feb 2024

As we head into 2024, let’s look back at Momentum West’s progress in 2023. Here’s a summary of initiatives, achievements, and a sneak peek into what’s coming next.

A Social Media Campaign for Midwest Youth

In 2023, Momentum West launched a blitz that grabbed the attention of thousands of young adults in the Midwest, with almost 2 million impressions and around 30,000 video views showcasing the region.

Exploring Regional Housing Solutions

Momentum West investigated the feasibility of a regional housing cooperative focused on providing potential solutions in the area. Housing and DEI/workforce conferences also brought diverse voices to the table, promoting inclusivity and innovation.

Preparing Future Leaders

Education is the key to a brighter future, and Momentum West knows it. Collaborating with higher education institutions, they paved the way for high school students. Through partnerships with CESA and Vision Northwest, the focus remains on creating meaningful career paths for tomorrow’s leaders.

Celebrating Success at the Annual Meeting

Momentum West’s annual meeting helped showcase the region’s economic development achievements, recognizing the hard work of individuals and organizations that played vital roles in driving progress.

Appreciation and Recognition

Thanks to Rob Kreibich, CEO of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the 2023 board chair, for his dedication and service. Further appreciation also goes to Rick Geisen and Pete Koenig for their years of service on the board, and we welcome Donna Walker and George Brewe, the new board members, who contribute their expertise.

Steering into 2024: A Visionary Roadmap

Under the leadership of UW Stout Chancellor Katherine Frank and Timm Sandstrom from RCU, Momentum West looks forward to the adventures of 2024. Here’s a glimpse into the roadmap:

  • Attraction Videos: Production of two new attraction videos featuring our higher education institutions, focusing on UW Eau Claire, UW Stout, and UW River Falls, and one on CVTC and Northwood Technical College.
  • Digital Marketing: Rolling out materials to attract talent and businesses, spotlighting each county.
  • Tackling Housing Challenges: Focusing on each county’s regional housing cooperative, housing toolkits, and conferences on housing and workforce.

Celebrating Excellence: Annual Luncheon and Awards Program

Save the date for March 21st, noon to 1:30 pm, at UW Stout’s Memorial Student Center, sponsored by Bremer Bank. Recognizing excellence is the name of the game, and the 2023 award winners deserve a standing ovation:

  • Top Development Project: Loos Machine and Automation
  • Top Redevelopment Project: St Croix Falls Civic Auditorium Project
  • Top Talent Initiative: UW Stout programs for middle and high school students
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Bill Lobner – Green Fleet
  • Young Professional: Melissa Meschke – UW IBE/St Croix EDC
  • Regional Collaboration: Menomonie Food Coop Eau Claire
  • Regional Impact: WCW Regional Broadband Coalition
  • Above and Beyond: Neil Kline and Family Friendly Workplaces
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Dennis Beale, Power of Perception

As Momentum West steers into 2024, the journey continues with a commitment to progress, collaboration, and celebrating, making the region truly extraordinary. Here’s to a year of growth, innovation, and strides towards an even brighter future!