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Volume 5, Issue 17, Sep 12, 2022
 Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire, Wis.

Published the first business day of each week

Business Advocate Past Issues

Public Meetings Calendar

Chamber Events Calendar

Advocacy Blog


Last chance to register

"Bravo to Business" Awards

 • Wednesday, Sep 14, 5:30-9:00 p.m., The Florian Gardens

   Click here for details, list of finalists, and registration


Eggs & Issues: Election Outlook with Bill McCoshen

Thursday, Sep 22, 7:00-8:30 a.m., Pablo Center or online via Perigon

   Click here for details and to register

   Registration deadline 12:00 noon on Wed, Sep 21

With the November 8 election approaching, join us to take a look at what's at stake for key offices at both the state and federal levels. For the third election season in a row, we'll hear from Bill McCoshen of Michael Best Strategies, one of the state's top political experts. He will assess Wisconsin's statewide and legislative contests to provide us with clues to watch for as the campaign unfolds. Bill is a former Secretary of Commerce, and served as Chief of Staff and campaign manager for former Governor Tommy Thompson. 


Other upcoming Eggs & Issues breakfasts:

 •  The Economic Impact of Tourism - Thursday, Oct 20

 •  Post-Election Analysis - Marquette Poll's Charles Franklin - Thursday, Nov 17

 •  Holiday Legislative Breakfast - Friday, Dec 16


New event

Pints and Politics: What's at stake in the November 8 election

• Tuesday, Oct 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Chamber offices
   Click here for details and to register

In this issue: 

 • Eau Claire City Council meets Tuesday

 • Forbes ranks UWEC as a top university nationally

 • Employer hosts sought for middle school career tours

 • Election updates

 National and economic news

 • COVID-19 updates 

 • Mark your calendar
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Eau Claire City Council meets this week

   The Eau Claire City Council will hold its regular Legislative Session on Tuesday at 4 p.m. this week, but canceled its Monday Public Hearing because there are no agenda items requiring a hearing. 

   Tuesday's Business Agenda (see Agenda Packet linked below) includes authorization for the sale of bonds to finance various city capital projects; approval of appointments to boards, commissions, and committees; accepting a $48,000 donation for improvements to pickleball courts; acceptance of a $209,000 Law Enforcement Agency ARPA grant; and a Reserve Combination Class B Liquor license for a new establishment, 71FORE-Bar, at 2002 Fairfax St near Wagner's Bowling Alley. Wagner's owner Dave Burg plans a separate, new concept operation offering multi-sports simulators, big-screen TVs, and golf simulator leagues.

   City Manager Stephanie Hirsch is also scheduled to provide the Council with updates on several housing-related projects, including a planned Housing Needs Assessment, plans for a zoning overhaul funded by ARPA dollars, a planned fall conference organized by the Housing Opportunities Commission; an Idea Lounge convened by Downtown Eau Claire, Inc., focused on issues related to people experiencing homelessness, and other plans. 

More information:

Eau Claire City Council

 • Monday, Sep 12, Public Hearing (canceled)

 • Tuesday, Sep 13, 4 p.m., Legislative Session Agenda Packet (167 pages)

Link to videos of city meetings (City of Eau Claire)

City Council Online Comment Form (City of Eau Claire)

Contact information: City Council members (City of Eau Claire)


UWEC residence hall demolition underway

Live webcam provided to watch progress

   Demolition is underway on two UW-Eau Claire lower campus residence halls coming down to make way for the University's planned Science and Health Sciences building project. Progress can be monitored via a live-stream camera, which offers an overall view of the demolition site. The camera will be operational 24/7. See the link below.

Forbes names UWEC a top university nationally

   As UWEC seeks to fulfill its long-term vision with projects like the Science Building, it recently received the news that it's been ranked No. 253 on Forbes magazine's annual 2022 America’s Top Colleges list. That makes it third in the state among the rankings behind UW-Madison at 49 and Marquette University at 159. The Forbes list includes the top 500 out of the 3,982 in the country.

More information:

Live stream webcam (UWEC)

Board of Regents includes new UW-Eau Claire Science and Health Sciences Building funding in budget requests (UWEC)

UW-EC begins demolishing old dorms for new science building (Leader-Telegram $)

Forbes Releases 2022 Top Colleges List (Forbes)

Forbes ranks UW-Eau Claire among top schools in the country (UWEC)

UWEC is No. 3 in Wisconsin in Latest Forbes College Rankings (Volume One)

Forbes names UW-EC a top U.S. university (Leader-Telegram $)


Employers needed for Middle School career tours
   The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for hosts to give tours of their businesses to middle schoolers. These tours complement the Academic and Career Planning curricula being taught in our local schools, and provides a chance for local employers to give them a taste of the kinds of jobs available right here in the Eau Claire area. The Chamber's Workforce Initiative is currently putting together a list of employers willing to host 2 groups of approximately 20-25 students during early afternoon hours on planned tour dates, including these schools:
Northstar on November 15, 2022, Altoona on February, 22 2023, Delong on March 7, 2023, and South on March 9, 2023. 

Sign up: 2022-2023 Middle School Employer Tours (Eau Claire Chamber)


More local stories: 


EC school district sued by parents’ organization over transgender policies (Leader-Telegram $)


Federal lawsuit filed against ECASD over gender policy (WQOW News 18)


Parents sue Eau Claire schools for transgender policy (AP)


Here’s a Peek Inside the Soon-to-Reopen L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Volume One)


Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds loses outdoor sports show, big rig event, but finds other business (Leader-Telegram $)


UW-Eau Claire to host event Sept. 19 to celebrate Constitution Day 2022 (UWEC)


Chippewa County Courthouse to reduce Friday hours (Leader-Telegram $)


City of Chippewa Falls holds public hearing on referendum (Leader-Telegram $)


Questioning The Locals: David Minor (Volume One)


Fall General Election

•  Tuesday, November 8, polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

   Offices: US Senate, US Congress, Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer; State Senate (odd # districts), State Assembly, Eau Claire County Sheriff, Clerk of Courts

   Referendums: City of Eau Claire, Eau Claire Area School District

More information:

The Chamber's Guide to the Fall Election (Eau Claire Chamber)

MyVoteWisconsin (Register, find your polling place, what's on your ballot)

Wisconsin Legislative and Congressional District Maps (Wisconsin Legislature)


Mark your calendar:

Eggs & Issues: Fall Election Outlook with Bill McCoshen

 • Thursday, Sep 22, 7:00-8:30 a.m., Pablo Center or via Perigon

    Click here for details and to register


Candidates Energy Forum

Eau Claire Energy Co-op, Eau Claire EDC, CVHBA, EC Chamber

 • Tuesday, October 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., The Florian Gardens


Pints and Politics: What's at stake in the November 8 election

 • Tuesday, Oct 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Chamber offices

    Click here for details and to register


Eggs & Issues: Election Analysis with Marquette Poll's Charles Franklin

 • Thursday, Nov 17, 7:00-8:30 a.m., Pablo Center or via Perigon

    Click here for details and to register


Election news:


Polling on Tony Evers and Joe Biden in 2022 looks a lot like polling on Scott Walker and Donald Trump in 2018 (Journal-Sentinel +)


Education proposals heat up governor's race as conservative coalition forms to push for expanded school choice in Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Journal +)


Evers unveils proposed $2B boost to K-12 schools (WPR)


Barnes shifts tone in general election campaign for Senate (The Cap Times)


In Milwaukee visit, Biden praises labor unions, rails against 'MAGA Republicans' (WPR)


Former Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly launches new bid for state's high court (Wisconsin State Journal +)


Judge: Election clerks can’t ‘cure’ ballots as November elections loom (The Cap Times)


Wisconsin election clerks race to understand ballot ruling (AP)


More state and regional stories:


Kwik Trip opens new employee child care center in La Crosse (WEAU 13 News)


Wisconsin schools grapple with national data showing steep declines in math and reading (WPR)


Wisconsin lawmakers approve opioid settlement spending plan (WEAU 13 News)


Federal judge finds Enbridge trespassed on Bad River lands, but stops short of shutting down Line 5 (WPR)


28 Wisconsin sites renamed by feds to remove derogatory word (WQOW News 18)


National and economic stories:


Weekly jobless claims fall again, underscoring tight job market (CNN Business)


America Works Data Center: Capturing the current state of the U.S. workforce (US Chamber of Commerce)


To Bolster Fuel Supplies in the Northeast, End Talk of Banning Exports and Look to the Jones Act (Christopher Guith, RealClearEnergy)



COVID-19 Updates 

New booster doses available at Eau Claire City-County Health Department (WEAU 13 News)


COVID-19 Resources: 

COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing (EC City-County Health Department)
Local COVID-19 Testing Sites (EC City-County Health Department)
Interactive COVID Data Tracker (CDC)
COVID-19: Staying Safe in Your Community (EC City-County Health Dept.)
Eau Claire County COVID-19 Information Hub 
Eau Claire weekly COVID Situation Report 
Eau Claire County COVID-19 Vaccination Page 
Metrics Dashboard
Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force


Mark your calendar:


Chamber of Commerce Month Open House

• Monday, Sep 12, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce


Bravo to Business Awards

 • Wednesday, Sep 14, The Florian Gardens 


Eggs & Issues: Fall Election Outlook with Bill McCoshen

 • Thursday, Sep 22, Pablo Center or live stream on Perigon


Candidates Energy Forum

Eau Claire Energy Co-op, Eau Claire EDC, CVHBA, EC Chamber

 • Tuesday, October 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., The Florian Gardens


Business Day in Madison

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

 • Wednesday, October 19, Monona Terrace


Eggs & Issues: The Economic Impact of Tourism

 • Thursday, October 20, Pablo Center or live stream on Perigon


General Election

• Tuesday, November 8, Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

   The Chamber's Guide to the Election


Workforce Solutions Summit

 • Wednesday, November 16, Pablo Center


Eggs & Issues: Election Analysis with Marquette Poll's Charles Franklin

 • Thursday, November 17, Pablo Center or live stream on Perigon


Eggs & Issues: Holiday Legislative Breakfast

 • Friday, Dec 16, Pablo Center or live stream on Perigon


"Eau What A Night:" The Chamber's 108th Annual Meeting

 • Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Pablo Center


29th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally

 • Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Madison


Business Salutes Eau Claire Annual Golf Outing

• Monday, August 7, 2023


Public Meetings Calendar

Click the link above for the our regularly updated schedule of public meetings.


Thanks for reading this issue of Business Advocate. If you have comments or questions, contact Scott Rogers, Vice President Governmental Affairs, at 715-858-0616 or rogers@eauclairechamber.org 

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