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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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Employer Assisted Housing Resources

On October 13, a Workforce Housing Seminar was held to discuss opportunities for employers to help improve employee productivity, retention, and health. It was hosted by the Realtors Association of Northwest Wisconsin and the INVEST Health Initiative at the Clarion Hotel. It featured a presentation by Wayne Hanson of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund.

Quality and affordable housing for today’s workforce is a crucial component to economiccompetitiveness for employers. Employers vested in workforce housing can provide uniqueopportunities to help employees secure affordable housing close to work, become homeowners,and contribute to the local economy.

Here are links to the slide presentation and a Resource Guide prepared by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. For more information, please contact Bruce King with the Realtors Association at

Cost of Living Index for Third Quarter 2017 Released

The results are in for the third quarter of 2017'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 third of the six participating areas within the State of Wisconsin, with a composite index of 93.3% the national average. Comparatively, Madison's Metro was rated at 106.4%, Milwaukee's at 96.9%, and Fond du Lac at 95.0%. Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield rated lowest of the six participating regions of Wisconsin at 90.0%. 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 2018. For more information on the index, please contact Ray French, Business Assistance Specialist, at

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