Economic Development

Build your Business and Work Where you Want to Live

Chippewa Falls is a pro-business, friendly, safe and beautiful city, attractive to families with children, senior citizens and tourists. Chippewa Falls is the County seat of Chippewa County, with a population of over 62,000. Chippewa Falls is the largest city within Chippewa County and has over 13,000 residents that benefit from a diversified economy that successfully blends tourism, retail, agriculture and industry. The city operates under a mayor-council format form of government and elected officials serve terms of two years.

Chippewa Falls’ proximity to transportation, its highly trained technically savvy workforce, and it’s beautiful setting made Chippewa Falls home to many large employers. Among the city’s major employers are TTM Technologies, Cray Inc., Nordson EDI., ITW Deltar, Great Northern Corp., Mason Companies, Leinenkugel Brewery, and Spectrum Industries Inc. The demographics for Chippewa County shows how successful our county is. Chippewa County community profiles

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Business Location Connections

One of the key advantages to building or expanding your business in Chippewa Falls is its suitability both as a place to live and a vital place to grow business. Part of that equation is access to premium commercial property. Numerous resources exist within reach of your computer keyboard to find the perfect settings, corporate business and industrial parks, and stand-alone office/manufacturing facilities for your business. Whatever your needs are you can access and utilize the many realtors and other economic development partners resources. The Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce will work diligently with you to help you find the ideal space while keeping a confidential partnership.

Downtown and Riverfront Revitalization 

The City of Chippewa Falls is celebrating a new park and entry way into the city.  Chippewa Riverfront is the cornerstone of a multi-faceted vision to revitalize downtown Chippewa Falls and its gateway. Economically viable and sustainable downtown areas require compelling ways to appeal to a wide range of visitors and thrive long term. Chippewa Riverfront provides a huge influx of economic potential into the Chippewa Falls economy. It provides a consistent increase of dollars, enhance retention of local employers, attract new businesses, support local residents and increase tourism.  Phase 2 of the project will start soon which will include an amphitheater and picnic pavilions.

Economic Development Connections

The Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and other economic development partners work together as a team for the economic progress and improvement of the quality of life for all its citizens. The Chamber works with the City of Chippewa Falls, the Chippewa Falls Main Street Association and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation

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The Regional Economic Development Dashboard is also a great resource for your economic needs.

Education Connections

Regardless of industry or company size the Chippewa Falls community has a variety of resources ready to help your company overcome its next challenge. Economic Development partners are constantly working to meet the needs of our local business community. Chippewa County has a high school graduation rate of nearly 100% with access to a higher education system. The Chippewa Valley Technical College services the technical training needs of the entire area with numerous associate degree and vocational educational programs. The Chippewa Valley Center of Lakeland University provides four-year college program degrees to working people in business administration, computer science and accounting. The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire offers over 40 major undergraduate programs in arts and science, nursing, teaching and business administration.
 

Transportation Connections

Highways

Chippewa County is served by a network of U.S. and State Highways. USH 53 and STH 27, 40, 124, and 178 run north and south through the County. STH64 and 29 run east and west.  US 53 and STH 29 are 4-lane highways.  Many other county and town roads connect with these highways to link the cities, villages, and recreational areas in the County.

Air Service

The County has two publicly-owned airports. The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport is located on the southern edge of Chippewa County, within the city limits of Eau Claire. It provides scheduled passenger and freight service. A basic utility-A airport is located at Cornell. The Minneapolis International Airport is just a hour interstate drive on I-94 from Chippewa County.


Rail Service

Chippewa County is served by three railroads—the Union Pacific (UP), Progressive Rail (PGR), and the Canadian National (CN). The CN runs east and west, serving the communities of Boyd, Stanley, Cadott, and Chippewa Falls. The PGR Railroad runs north and south, serving the communities. of New Auburn and Bloomer, and parts of the Chippewa Falls area. The UP serves Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire Urban Area. For full details on these railroads look at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Railroad map.


Bus Service

Chippewa County is served by two Jefferson Lines intercity bus routes. Service between the Twin Cities and Green Bay along STH 29, stops in Chippewa Falls and Stanley. Service between Chippewa Falls and Duluth, MN has Chippewa County stops in Chippewa Falls and Bloomer.

Resources

Economic and Community profiles for Chippewa County

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West Central Wisconsin Planning Commission

Western Wisconsin Score

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation