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City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division

Welcome to Eau Claire, WI

Eau Claire is a regional center of West Central Wisconsin. Advantageously located on Interstate 94 between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago and home to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport it is an ideal location for regional and global businesses alike. Living in Eau Claire means that you have a great community to work in, raise your family, and grow your business. To learn more about life in Eau Claire, follow the link to Discover Wisconsin’s feature piece on Eau Claire: Click Here.

Financial Assistance for Your Business
City of Eau Claire and the State of Wisconsin step forward to offer a helping hand to businesses that are creating new job opportunities, expanding their operations or bringing new technology to Eau Claire.
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Looking for a location for your business?
Try our property search. This allows you to search industrial, office or commercial properties in Eau Claire. These properties are up for sale or lease.

Community Analyst Reports
Access a significant amount of data, report features, and map overlay graphs to help you make educated decisions about your business! The variables range from demographics, health, economic/business, education, housing, crime, and market potential. These tools can help you to better understand the behaviors and preferences of the people in your community.

The software is cloud-based, so the data is constantly being updated for the most up-to-date results. For more information on the City of Eau Claire’s Community Analyst program, or to request a report, please contact
the Economic Development Department at 715-839-4914.

Sample Reports:
Downtown Eau Claire Demographic and Income Profile

Downtown Eau Claire Tapestry Segmentation
Tapestry Segmentation divides US residential areas into distinctive segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.
Downtown Eau Claire Business Summary by SIC Code
Includes information on total number of businesses and employees in downtown.
Downtown Eau Claire MarketPlace Profile
Provides information on Supply and Demand for various industry groups in Downtown Eau Claire. The leakage/Surplus Factor represents a snapshot of retail opportunity in the area.

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Eau Claire News

Regional Business Fund Discontinues Lending in the City of Eau Claire

The Regional Business Fund (RBF) discontinued lending within the City of Eau Claire beginning March 1, 2017. Since joining the RBF in 2009, over $1.5 million was lent to businesses in the City, leveraging over $9.7 million in private funds, and creating over 200 jobs.

See the press release here.

National Survey Reports Eau Claire's Low Cost of Living in 2016

EAU CLAIRE, WI – Eau Claire has an overall cost of living of 95.0 for 2016, according to the report released by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). Published since 1968, the Cost of Living Index has been the most consistent source of city-to-city cost comparisons available. The national average equals 100 and each participant’s index is a percentage of the average for all places.

Prices of consumer goods and services are collected by Eau Claire’s Economic Development Division three times a year in order to measure regional differences. The composite index is based on six components – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Eau Claire’s composite index improved its relative position from 97.0 to 95.0 over the past year.

While everyday living expenses in Eau Claire fall well below the national average, they are also some of the lowest of the six Wisconsin metro areas participating in the survey. Among the individual categories, Eau Claire ranks particularly well nationally and compared to the other Wisconsin metro areas in the Housing, Utilities, and Grocery Items categories. See the Press Release for comparative data to other Wisconsin metro areas.

The full report is also available upon request.

Eau Claire Community Tour Videos Now Available

Following several months of planning and filming, a series of community tour videos are now available featuring the City of Eau Claire. The videos focus on many of the aspects that make Eau Claire a unique and exciting place to be, including videos highlighting our quality of life, educational opportunities, neighborhoods, shopping and dining, recreational opportunities, arts, Downtown, healthcare facilities, and booming music scene.

The videos are available on the City of Eau Claire’s website at A “Videos” link is located in the bottom left of the homepage. Or watch the videos here.

City of Eau Claire Economic Development staff worked with CGI Communications of Rochester, New York to produce the videos.

Cost of Living Index for Third Quarter 2016 Released

The results are in for the third quarter of 2016's Cost of Living Index. According to The Council for Community and Economic Research, the Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. The categories the Index measures are grocery items, housing, utilities, transporation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. 

The Eau Claire Metro ranks fourth of the six participating areas within the State of Wisconsin, with a composite index of 95.3% the national average. Comparatively, Madison's Metro was rated at 108.1%, Milwaukee's at 99.4%, and Fond du Lac at 94.5%. Green Bay rated lowest of the six participating regions of Wisconsin at 90.3%. Among the individual categories, Eau Claire ranked the lowest compared to the rest of the state participants in the cost for housing category.

The third quarter prices were collected in July. The next data collection will occur in January for the first quarter of 2017. For more information on the index, please contact Ray French, Business Assistance Specialist, at

Eau Claire ranks as one of 50 Best Small College Towns in United States

Eau Claire made the list! The College Values Online has listed 50 best small college towns in United States, and Eau Claire ranks #8 based on the ranking methodology such as cost of living, unemployment rate, crime rate and wow factor. The College Values Online explains Eau Claire's downtown life is equally active, and the city is home to one of the best university jazz programs in the United States. To find out more and to see what other small college towns made this list, click the link here.

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