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About CCEDC
A Brief Overview of Columbia County Economic Development Corporation

What is the purpose of the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation?

Purpose: 
The Purpose of the Columbia County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is to foster and encourage activities in the county that result in constructive economic development and/or result in an improved quality of life.

The corporation utilizes four strategies to fulfill its purpose:

  • Retain and expand existing businesses.
  • Promote new business formation.
  • Assist Member Communities.
  • Seek additional funding for economic development activities.

Organizational Development
Create a structure for effective and accountable operations that enhances board member involvement and knowledge, builds trust and projects a positive image for the entire county.

  • Improves Communications
  • Promotes and Celebrates Success
  • Establishes a clear Mission, Goals and Objectives.

The Columbia County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit corporation established in 1992 to coordinate economic development throughout Columbia County, Wisconsin. The corporation is staffed by a full time economic professional and an administrative assistant, and is governed by a Board of Directors with membership from all participating communities and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. The corporation is funded by the Columbia County Board and participating municipalities on a per capita basis.

Columbia County Economic Development Corporation Activities and Accomplishments:

Business Development
Create an environment in which businesses flourish, new businesses are created, and employees prosper.

  • Focuses on Business Retention and Expansion. 
  • Offers Manufacturer / Business of Year Awards and conducts business visits. 
  • Encourages Business Recruitment through trade shows and web site.
  •  Assistance for Start-up Business includes help to develop business plans and suggestions of areas for financial assistance.
  • Promotes Entrepreneurship through Entrepreneur & Inventor’s Club and Small Business Development Committee.
  • Facilitates the creation and retention of quality jobs by working with the Columbia County Job Center.
  • Fills existing vacant buildings and Industrial Parks by utilizing Location One Information System (LOIS) program.
  • Maintains central regional data.
  • Updates community profiles and inventories of  buildings and sites.
  • Works with prospects from Alliant Energy, Forward Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
  • Works with the Wisconsin Development Board.
  • Maintains a Website serving as a portal for community information and resources.
  • Markets Revolving Loan Funds:
    • Cambria
    • Columbus
    • CCEDC
    • Columbia County
    • Portage
    • Randolph
    • Wisconsin Dells

Education/Workforce
 Forge strong partnerships that expand educational opportunities focused on life-long learning and a  skilled workforce.

  • Developed and maintains relationships and partnerships with Madison Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin Extension, area Chambers of Commerce and Business Groups.
  • Promotes coordination and innovation through the Columbia County Labor Forum and Manufacturer’s Network.

Community Assets
Endow communities with resources necessary for stable and sustainable economic growth.  Create a healthy environment of lively, profitable communities.

  • Build Support for Expanded Sense of “Community”.
  • Build Support for Economic Development.
  • Support Community Growth Initiatives.
Regional Impact 
 Known as the center of economic development in the region including industry, retail, recreation and tourism.
  • Encourages I-39/90/94 Interchange Expansion.
  • Promotes Natural and Recreational Resources.
  • Promotes Agri-Business retention and expansion.
  • Assists Town, Village, City and County Governments with local economic development activities.
  • Promotes the new Hwy 51 Tourism Initiative.
  • Markets Columbia County Assets including:
    • Located between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
    • Close proximity to Madison, Wisconsin Dells and Milwaukee.
    • 80% of Columbia County businesses intend to modernize/improve in the next five years.
    • 80% of the businesses report Columbia County to be "A Good Place to do Business"
    • 64% of the businesses report gross sales increasing.
    • 66% of the businesses are more than 20 years old

Since its creation in 1992, CCEDC has been involved in a number of successful economic development efforts aimed at improving the quality of life in Columbia County.