Confluence Council releases statement on Board of Regents resolution

The mission of the Confluence Council is to foster effective, equitable governance of the defined shared community and university facilities within the Confluence Community Arts Center.

Members of the Confluence Council include Ben Richgruber, Eau Claire Regional Arts Council; Ann Sessions, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild; Mel Breed, community member at-large; Vicki Hoehn, community member at-large; Linda John, Visit Eau Claire; Alan Rieck, UW-Eau Claire; Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire; Russ VanGompel, City of Eau Claire; and Stuart Schaefer, Haymarket Concepts LLC.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (CONFLUENCE COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE) -- Members of the Confluence Council issued the following statement Wednesday, Aug. 20, regarding the resolution the UW System Board of Regents will consider at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 21:

The Confluence Council greatly appreciates the Board of Regents consideration of a resolution reaffirming the regents’ support for the Confluence Project and directing UW System administration to work with the Department of Administration to implement the project.

It has been evident since Governor Scott Walker announced his support for the Confluence Project in Eau Claire on June 23 that state funding for the project could be provided outside the traditional UW System capital budget process. At that time, Governor Walker indicated a non-state agency grant to the project would be possible. He reaffirmed his support of that approach Tuesday, Aug. 19 in Eau Claire.

We urge the Board of Regents to approve the resolution. In doing so, regents would again make it clear that they endorse the Confluence Project and the necessary state funding for it.

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