The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s (CCEDC) 23rd annual meeting was held on Friday May 18th, 2018 at Hawthorne Global Aviation Hanger at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. The CCEDC was honored to host internationally-known artist and motivational speaker Richard Hight at this year’s breakfast and business presentation. Through Hight’s message he described his challenging years as a child growing up with dyslexia and the critical life lessons he learned about focusing on strengths and recognizing possibilities, not limitations. Hight later explained how his artistic gift allowed him to express his thoughts and emotions but also further built up his confidence through his successes in the business and art world. During the breakfast banquet attendees were dazzled as Hight swiftly applied vibrant colors to two large canvases creating images that illustrated the Chippewa Valley. With his humorous storytelling, vivid portraits, and passionate business message Hight created a colorful encounter that inspired many.
Following Hight, Charlie Walker, president of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, assisted in presenting the 2018 Chippewa County Business of the Year Awards. Walker was assisted by State Sen. Terry Moulton, State Rep. Kathy Bernier, State Rep. Rob Summerfield, CCEDC chairman Matt Chilson, incoming CCEDC president Lisa Bruhn and keynote speaker Richard Hight. Walker was also assisted by his wife, Donna who was in attendance and was celebrating this year’s annual meeting on her birthday! The CCEDC awards acknowledged businesses, entrepreneurs, banking and construction industry leaders and economic development partners in the Chippewa County. Individual awards recognize businesses which have immensely impacted the economic development of the Chippewa County. Various award winners demonstrate key roles in their companies that include quality job opportunities, creation of new jobs, continued education and training, expansions and new technologies and products. The CCEDC annual meeting was held with over 400 people and was noted to be one of the best turnouts seen to date. This year’s award winners included Mid-State Truck Service, Wisconsin Northern Railroad, Trophy Trailers, River Country Co-op, Haas Inc. Cody’s Classic Cars, and Wheaton Grain. Each winner was selected from each of the County’s four quadrants, as well as one overall winner. On Friday, Mid-State Truck Service of Lake Hallie was named the Chippewa County Business of the Year. With a new $5.5 million headquarters they provide everything from truck rentals to repair and were found to be very deserving of the award. Charlie Walker stated, “Each of the companies deserved the recognition and all the businesses are a reflection of what makes Chippewa County such a great place to be.”
Following the banquet the CCEDC held their 6th annual Chippewa Charity Classic 18-hole golf outing at Lake Wissota Golf & Events. With gorgeous weather and many in attendance it was quite the successful turnout and in part benefiting two wonderful organizations, which included the Helpful Hearts Foundation, Inc. and Jason’s Presents!
CCEDC would like to thank the businesses who provided their support and sponsorship of the 2018 event!