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Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development

Mission Statement

The Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development (CVCERD) provides local/regional economic data as well as research and analysis as a service to the community. Our mission is to supply basic economic information and to produce and disseminate timely economic analysis in order to help foster economic development in the region.

In accomplishing this mission, we strive to create strong and lasting relationships between the university and the area business community as well as local/regional public officials and non-profit agencies. In addition, we pride ourselves on providing hands-on experience for our economics majors by involving students in our research and analysis activities.

Faculty and students working under the banner of the CVCERD can for example, track trends in the local economy and perform studies investigating a variety of other topics of special interest to the region.

The CVCERD gratefully acknowledges generous funding support from the following sources:


Please contact Professor Eric Jamelske if you have a question relating to economics or the local economy or if you have an idea for a project relating to economics or the local economy.

715-836-3254 or 

Current/On-going Projects

  • Chippewa Valley Economic Indicators Project: 2004 – Present

The CVCERD collects and maintains a variety of local, regional and state economic data. These data have been organized into a database that can be used for local/regional economic research. Additionally, these data are available for download from our website making the CVCERD a one-stop-shop for this type of economic data.

Click here for more details on the Economic Indicators Project

  • Eau Claire Basket Investment Track Project: 2005 - Present

People always want to know how their investments are doing and how the overall stock market is performing. In addition, people may also want to know how publically owned companies familiar to the Eau Caire area and Western Wisconsin region are doing in terms of market performance compared to other investments.

The CVCERD collects and maintains stock market data on four separate hypothetical investments (including investments in local stocks) of $100,000 and track/compare their performance over the year.

An account of these investments is reported weekly in Tuesday's Business Section of the Leader-Telegram. In addition, the CVCERD issues three quarterly reports and a year-end report on these investments including specific information on selected companies. The Leader-Telegram also runs a story based on each of these reports.

Click here for more details on the Eau Claire Basket Investment Track Project  

  • Fruit and Vegetable Research Project: 2006 – Present

Most children and adolescents in the United States consume less than recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables. Experts and advocates recognize the school environment as a fundamental setting for providing children access to nutritious food and opportunities to learn about the importance of healthy eating.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in 2002 as part of a broad effort to address poor nutrition and rising obesity rates among children.

In an effort to provide data and information for both practitioners and policy makers regarding the successes and limitations of the FFVP, the CVCERD began its Fruit and Vegetable Research Project in 2006. This research has expanded to explore many methods of motivating children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Click here for more details on the Fruit and Vegetable Research Project 

  • Climate Change Research Project: 2009 – Present

Climate Change, a phenomenon entailing warming average global temperatures (global warming) is an important and divisive national and international policy issue. Despite overwhelming scientific consensus and corresponding warnings, many people including policy makers still disagree about the reality of climate change and the degree to which human activities are responsible.

Not surprisingly, there is also significant public and political debate about what action, if any, should be taken to address climate change. Policy action to address climate change will require educating the public as well as policy makers in order to be politically feasible and successfully implemented.

TheCVCERD began its Climate Change Research Project in 2009 by conducting surveys in order to raise awareness and provide data and information on climate change public opinion across a variety of populations.

Click here for more details on the Climate Change Research Project

Periodic Projects

  • UW-Eau Claire Economic Impact Studies: 2005, 2012

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has XX faculty and staff employees as well as XX students each year. Most if not all of these people both live and work or study in the Chippewa Valley region and as such they utilize and spend money with a variety of local businesses. All of this activity including shopping for food, clothing, groceries and other goods and services generates an economic impact. The CVCERD periodically conducts ananalysis of the economic impact of UWEC on the Chippewa Valley region.

Click here for more details on the economic impact of UWEC on the Chippewa
Valley region.

Past Projects

  • Wisconsin Local Food Project: 2007 - 2009

In Western Wisconsin there is a strong push to develop a more robust local/regional food system, for economic development as well as for environmental and health reasons. Much attention has been given to how far food travels and if our current food production, distribution and consumption patterns/habits are efficient and environmentally friendly.

The CVCERD began its Wisconsin Local Food Project in 2007 in order to provide an applied analysis documenting the degree to which locally produced food is consumed in Western Wisconsin.

Although this project ended in 2009, the CVCERD has a continuing interest in the local food landscape and therefore may start up this line of research again in the future.

Click here for more details on the Wisconsin Local Food Project 

  • Hmong Demographic Research Project: (Dates)

Click here for more details on the Hmong Demographic Research Project (Coming Soon)