Why Eau Claire County should invest in the Confluence Project

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Now that the City of Eau Claire has pledge $5 million to the Confluence Project, it’s time for the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors to help do what no single entity or constituency can do on its own. An investment of $5 million from Eau Claire County will secure the future of the project, the revitalization of downtown, renewed job creation, and an innovative arts community across the region.

The Community Arts Center at the Confluence represents different things to different people:

  • To UW-Eau Claire, it is an opportunity to support its academic mission in an area of strength
  • To the arts community, it’s a home from which to grow and prosper
  • To many area residents, it’s a quality of life issue
  • To employers, it’s a tool to recruit and retain employees
  • To local government, it’s an economic development initiative
  • To all, it’s a demonstration of the power of collaboration

Why should Eau Claire County support this project?

Currently, city and county governments have state-imposed limits on the amount of increased property taxes they can collect annually. Local government must rely on tax base growth to sustain current programs and address new challenges. Eau Claire County’s $5 million share of the Community Arts Center will result in a $77 million investment in the community. Which will generate additional property, room and sales tax revenues for the City and County.

Eau Claire County is highly dependent on what happens within the City of Eau Claire:

  • More than 50% of the County’s property tax base is within the City
  • An overwhelming majority of activities that generate sales tax happen within the City
  • High percentage of existing jobs are located within the City
  • Projected job growth is expected to occur within the City

Value of operational collaboration between County and City has been demonstrated across the nation.

The product of collaboration is the efficient and responsible use of government resources. The new economic development standard is based on a merging of State, County, City and private resources to achieve growth. It is essential for Eau Claire County to join with the City and State to invest in the extraordinary potential of the Confluence Project.

Let Your Voice be Heard!

Contacting your elected officials is an important part of this process. They need to know LOTS of people support the Confluence Project, so every email is very important. Please take a moment to email the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors. Ask them to collaborate with the City and support the Confluence Project with a $5 million investment. Not sure what to say? Sample emails are available at Tools & Resources.

Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors Email Addresses:

gary.gibson@co.eau-claire.wi.us, paul.reck@co.eau-claire.wi.us, doug.kranig@co.eau-claire.wi.us, stella.pagonis@co.eau-claire.wi.us, bruce.stabenow@co.eau-claire.wi.us, richard.ziemann@co.eau-claire.wi.us, steve.chilson@co.eau-claire.wi.us, kevin.stelljes@co.eau-claire.wi.us, gordon.steinhauer@co.eau-claire.wi.us, michael.conlin@co.eau-claire.wi.us, ray.henning@co.eau-claire.wi.us, colleen.bates@co.eau-claire.wi.us, jean.schlieve@co.eau-claire.wi.us, nick.smiar@co.eau-claire.wi.us, joel.mikelson@co.eau-claire.wi.us, gregg.moore@co.eau-claire.wi.us, jim.dunning@co.eau-claire.wi.us, gerald.wilkie@co.eau-claire.wi.us, bruce.willett@co.eau-claire.wi.us, ardyth.krause@co.eau-claire.wi.us, sue.miller@co.eau-claire.wi.us, robin.leary@co.eau-claire.wi.us, john.manydeeds@co.eau-claire.wi.us, gloria.christensen@co.eau-claire.wi.us, tami.schraufnagel@co.eau-claire.wi.us, paul.lokken@co.eau-claire.wi.us, john.derosier@co.eau-claire.wi.us, pat.lavelle@co.eau-claire.wi.us, contact@communityfortheconfluence.org,

Email Addresses separate by semi-colon for Outlook Users:

gary.gibson@co.eau-claire.wi.us; paul.reck@co.eau-claire.wi.us; doug.kranig@co.eau-claire.wi.us; stella.pagonis@co.eau-claire.wi.us; bruce.stabenow@co.eau-claire.wi.us; richard.ziemann@co.eau-claire.wi.us; steve.chilson@co.eau-claire.wi.us; kevin.stelljes@co.eau-claire.wi.us; gordon.steinhauer@co.eau-claire.wi.us; michael.conlin@co.eau-claire.wi.us; ray.henning@co.eau-claire.wi.us; colleen.bates@co.eau-claire.wi.us; jean.schlieve@co.eau-claire.wi.us; nick.smiar@co.eau-claire.wi.us; joel.mikelson@co.eau-claire.wi.us; gregg.moore@co.eau-claire.wi.us; jim.dunning@co.eau-claire.wi.us; gerald.wilkie@co.eau-claire.wi.us; bruce.willett@co.eau-claire.wi.us; ardyth.krause@co.eau-claire.wi.us; sue.miller@co.eau-claire.wi.us; robin.leary@co.eau-claire.wi.us; john.manydeeds@co.eau-claire.wi.us; gloria.christensen@co.eau-claire.wi.us; tami.schraufnagel@co.eau-claire.wi.us; paul.lokken@co.eau-claire.wi.us; john.derosier@co.eau-claire.wi.us; pat.lavelle@co.eau-claire.wi.us; contact@communityfortheconfluence.org;