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Never before has the field of economic development been so complex, challenging or rewarding and to celebrate accomplishments within the industry the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has named 2016 the Year of the Economic Developer, which is also the organization’s 90th anniversary serving the profession. The week of May 8-14, 2016 has been reserved to celebrate the industry and in celebration of Economic Development Week the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) hosted the Secretary and President of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for several events.  
A CCEDC roundtable luncheon was held on May 10, at Martino’s Restaurant in Stanley WI. During the event the WEDC Secretary and President Mark Hogan provided a group of thirty with an overview of the WEDC’s mission, activities, and programming available ~ all meant to assist business with expansions, relocations, start-up, workforce development, and foreign direct investment. Those who attended were given the opportunity to ask questions to Hogan and the topics discussed ranged from workforce development to business retention.  
Following the luncheon the attendees and Hogan joined others at Film Tech LLC in Stanley for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the company’s recent expansion to accommodate a new production line. With approximately 24 employees, the company offers both full-time and part-time roles. Film Tech LLC also had an international customer base, which includes product shipments to countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Mexico. Film Tech LLC manufactures rolls of clear and colored coextruded and single layer films, their films are used by medical product designers, flexible packaging converters, bag makers, and component manufacturers for unique and proprietary applications throughout the world. 
CCEDC is honored to support celebrating IEDC’s 90th anniversary in 2016 and economic development week to highlight the importance and value of economic development throughout our communities! 

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