Changes In The Local Economy
Posted: May 31, 2013
For the longest time, it seemed like I always had more stories to write about than I had space in this weekly newsletter. When the economic downturn hit the Chippewa Valley in 2008, there were more foreclosure actions and bankruptcies than I cared to see. As a result, I was limited to filling up pages 1-3 and this editorial.
A couple of months ago, I started to see a major decline in the number of civil and small claims cases throughout the Chippewa Valley. Each week, I would normally pick up about 30 cases in Buffalo, Chippewa and Dunn Counties and my office manager, Tammy, would collect another 30-35 filings in Eau Claire County.
For the most part, bankruptcy filings have declined throughout the Western District and even though building permit applications have been consistent in Eau Claire, the late start to the construction season has been a drag on building activity in Menomonie and Chippewa Falls.
I have never had to fill up more than six pages of stories in the 25 years I've owned The Bottom Line. This week, it is my job to report story content for the first seven pages. I would like to think that the uptick we're seeing in the local economy means that the volume of legal news will continue to decrease. Just this week, I learned about three or four positive things that I have either written about this week or will be including in a future issue of The Bottom Line.
The challenge that I face now is to continue learning about the positive stories that are happening in West Central Wisconsin. That's where I can always use more help. If you know of someone who is starting a new business or expanding an existing company, don't hesitate to let me know. (email@example.com) All news tips provided are confidential.
While I'm not fond of trying to fill up seven pages of news stories after a long holiday weekend and thus, a short work week, I do hope that I will be able to include more feature stories about business and industry in the region. So if you have an interesting feature topic that you would liike to see in The Bottom Line, please contact me as well.