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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

Economic Development Week is May 8-13, 2017

Eau Claire is celebrating the work of the economic development profession with the 2nd annual Economic Development Week, May 8-13, 2017.

Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016 with the goal of increasing awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life. It is being held during the week of IEDC’s 91st anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers.

Economic developers are charged with generating economic growth, creating better jobs for residents, and facilitating an improved quality of life. The economic development efforts provided by economic developers are being showcased this week nationally. The City ofEau Claire and Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation are helping to celebrate the profession and the professionals that work hard to create opportunity for all citizens and their communities.

A series of events are planned this week. Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid will issue a proclamation on Tuesday, May 9 declaring it Economic Development Week in the City. The City Council meeting is at 4 p.m. The Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation is hosting an Economic Development Week reception sponsored by Xcel Energy. The reception is Thursday, May 11 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center, 3132 Louis Avenue. A presentation starts at 5 p.m.

See for a complete schedule of events!

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.

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