Momentum West

Momentum West Inc. is comprised of 10 counties located in the west central area of Wisconsin. The western edge is located along the Mississippi River and Chippewa Valley areas, while the eastern edge maintains a rural farming character.

More than 1,000 companies and counting have made western Wisconsin their business home. They all have their own reasons for choosing the area, but one reason they all share is the strong, supportive business environment. And the area’s natural beauty, culture, affordability and small-town security with access to excellent education and health care provides businesses the opportunity to attract and retain quality employees.

Western Wisconsin is home to innovation and thought leadership within medical devices, plastics and packaging, health care and education. Meanwhile, the region is emerging as a strong leader in bio-agriculture, bio-energy and sensor technology.


Momentum West

Steve Jahn
Executive Director
2322 Alpine Road, Suite 7
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Counties: 10

Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk & St. Croix

Population: 453,380

Largest Municipalities1

City of Eau Claire (66,710)
City of Menomonie (16,101)
City of River Falls (15,040)
City of Chippewa Falls (13,704)
City of Hudson (13,012)

Metropolitan/Micropolition Statstical Areas2

Eau Claire-Chippewa (161,151)
Menomonie (43,857)

Institutions of Higher Learning

The Chippewa Valley Center of Lakeland College
Immanuel Lutheran College
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC)
University of Wisconsin—Barron County
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin—Stout
University of Wisconsin—River Falls

Major Health Care Providers

Lakeview Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls
Marshfield Clinic
Sacred Heart Hospital

Other Health Care Providers

Amery Regional Medical Center
Baldwin Area Medical Center
Chippewa Valley Hospital
Hudson Hospital and Clinics
Memorial Medical Center
Osceola Medical Center
River Falls Area Hospital
Rusk County Memorial Hospital
St. Croix Regional Medical Center
Westfields Hospital

Major Employers

Menard Inc.
Philips Plastics Corporation
3M Company
Mayo-Clinic Health System
Precision Pipeline LLC
Doro, Incorporated

1Source: Wisconsin Department of Administration, 2012 Population Estimates
2Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Population Estimates