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The Confluence Project in Eau Claire

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May 15th, 2013
Confluence Partners Release VenuWorks Report

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Confluence Project - Site Plan

Confluence Project - Business Plan

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Eau Claire Community Arts Center Comprehensive Business Report

The Confluence Project Community Arts Center would realize positive operating balances of more than $100,000 in its first year of operations, with those positive operating balances growing steadily, according to a report prepared by VenuWorks Consulting of Ames, Iowa. The VenuWorks report, co-commissioned by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and Haymarket Concepts, LLC, details the business and operations plan, including pro forma budget, for the Community Arts Center that would be shared jointly by the Eau Claire Community and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The comprehensive 117 page report includes sections exploring market analysis; ownership, governance and staffing; facility size and amenities; programming; marketing; operations; and pro forma budget.

Download the full report.

Please send any questions about the report to Ben Richgruber (), Dan Clumpner () or Kimera Way (). Questions will be compiled and answered electronically in the following days and weeks.

What is The Confluence Project?

The City of Eau Claire and surrounding region have cultivated, incubated, and embraced extraordinary creative talent for decades. It now is the home of an extraordinary project to provide a facility to serve that talent for the future. The Confluence Project is a public-private partnership to redevelop a blighted area in the heart of Eau Claire at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. The centerpiece of the project is the construction of a community arts center, public plaza, and mixed-used project that includes housing, commercial/retail space, and parking. Numerous community discussions and planning activities all have pointed to this location as key to revitalization of downtown Eau Claire, a community need for more than 40 years.

A true public-private collaboration

The Confluence Project combines philanthropy with state, county, and city funds in a true public-private collaboration that relies on significant participation by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the region’s arts community. It is the collaboration of ideas and sharing of capital and operating costs that affords both the community and the University this unique opportunity to pursue an impactful project that neither could undertake without the other.

Revitalizing the heart of the region

The new economic development paradigm recognizes the interdependence of creative industries, improved regional attractiveness, and positive business impacts. It also recognizes that availability of cultural events and entertainment is equally important as a market for the region’s artists and as amenities for community citizens and visitors. In addition to revitalizing prime real estate at the heart of the community, the Confluence Project builds upon existing competitive strengths and further establishes the distinctive nature of Chippewa Valley.

Partners in possibilities

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
City of Eau Claire
Eau Claire County

How to become involved

For more information on The Confluence Project and how to become involved contact:

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation
Kimera Way
Schofield Hall 214 • 105 Garfield Ave.
P.O. Box 4004 • Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
Ben Richgruber
715-832-ARTS (2787)
316 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701


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The Confluence development plan includes a mixed-use retail/living-learning community structure, community arts center, public plaza, bike/walking trail, and more.
View the site plan.