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Your support is greatly appreciated!

“CCEDC came through for us when we needed someone to communicate our concerns to the Governor’s office prior to the Safer at Home order.  We are thankful for the vital work CCEDC does for the area.”
Bruce Jonet
Cardinal FG



If you wish to help support our efforts, please contact the CCEDC office
at 608 742-6161 or email:

Columbia County Economic Development Response, Recovery & Resilience Team’s (CCEDR3T)

Mission Statement:
To investigate and recommend immediate, short term, and potentially time-limited solutions for businesses, business sectors, and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate economic recovery in Columbia County.

Vision Statement:  CCEDR3T envisions a safe, dynamic and thriving economy that supports Columbia County businesses and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A collaborative partnership with stakeholders in Columbia County from area community leaders, Chambers of Commerce, economic development professionals, health and education to address our areas needs.

CCEDC is here to support our area businesses, during this difficult time we are here to provide information, solutions, and guidance. 
Please call: 608 742-6161  email: 

What is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin?

WMC's Nick Novak speaks with several media outlets about the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest.
Visit to nominate a company and product that's made in Wisconsin.
The nomination period ends Sept. 4 and voting will begin in September.


Timeline of Events:
Aug. 17 to Sept. 4 – Nominations Accepted
Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 – Popular Vote to Determine the Field of 16
Sept. 21 – Announce the Top 16
Sept. 22 to Sept. 27 – 1st Round of the Bracket
Sept. 28 – Announce the Top 8
Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 – 2nd Round of the Bracket
Oct. 5 – Announce Top 4
Oct. 6 to Oct. 14 – Final Round
Oct. 14 – Winner Announced

Click Here to Nominate



Three Virtual Forums:  Conversations with Commissioners

Rural communities, tribal nations, businesses and farms are the backbone of Wisconsin’s heritage. Today’s health and economic crises come at a time when rural Wisconsin is already working to overcome struggles due to changes in technology and the global economy. To help harness the collective knowledge of local citizens, Governor Evers created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity and the new Office of Rural Prosperity within the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In his 2020 State of the State message, Governor Evers asked the commission to engage and learn from residents throughout the state in order to develop long-term strategies that will “best support the needs of rural Wisconsinites and rural communities.”

Three options are currently available to participate and share your perspective.

  1. Conversations with Commissioners: Three virtual forums will be held for an open discussion on topics of rural realities and opportunities to be explored.
    • Monday, August 31, 12-2 pm
    • Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 pm
    • Wednesday, September 16, 3-5 pm

Register for a session here. Interpretation will be available in Spanish or Hmong.

  1. Submit your ideas online: Any Wisconsin resident may provide ideas in writing using an online portal on the WEDC website August 31 – September 30.
  2. Direct stakeholder engagement: Groups that hold a special stake in today’s rural Wisconsin and in its future may request the opportunity to meet and provide information to one or more commissioners by emailing Kellian Blazek.

Please take advantage of these opportunities to have your voice heard, share the realities you and your communities are facing, and contribute to forward-looking solutions that will benefit all.


Time is Running Out!  Every response matters!

We need your help to remind your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors to respond to the 2020 Census. Time is running out! Everyone who lived in the United States on April 1, 2020, is required to be counted—whether or not they are a U.S. citizen.

The time to act is now, at!

Where there are more people, there are more needs—for schools, roads, and services for families, older adults, and children. Communities will miss out on funding for critical public services for the next 10 years unless everyone is counted. Every response matters!

Every person missed is $1800.00 lost to our County each year!  That's $18,000.00 per person over 10 years until the next census!

Census map - responded so far…time to get everyone counted!



Dear Business Community Member,
Thank you for taking Parts One through Five of our Coronavirus Disruption Survey. As citizens and businesses in the state of Wisconsin take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are undeniable economic impacts. We are now distributing Part Six (for September 2020) to businesses in our community to assess the economic hardship.
Take Part Six of the Coronavirus Disruption Survey
Your feedback is very important in helping us understand the full disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This month's feedback is especially important as we continue to map both the effects of an recovery from the early stages of the pandemic. To learn more about the survey, collection of data and assessment of information, please please visit the survey page on the UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) website.

This project is a partnership among the UW Oshkosh CCRS, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Wisconsin’s nine other regional economic development organizations (EDOs).
View as Webpage


Beige Book

Informal review by the Federal Reserve Banks of current economic conditions in their Districts


Released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System



Links from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services School Guidance:

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