EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A business group is encouraging its members to join it in showing support for the proposed Confluence Project.
In an email to members of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Bob McCoy asks them to urge the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors to vote in favor of pledging funds toward the project. McCoy also asks members to add their name to the list of public supporters of the project. He says the chamber's Board of Directors has examined the details of the proposal, and reaffirmed its support for it during a special session this week. It's because the board says the proposal "represents a unique opportunity to meet a variety of community needs in a cost-effective manner, while at the same time building upon the increased economic vitality of downtown Eau Claire."
On Tuesday, a county board committee decided to recommend that the full board pledge $3,500,000 in tax dollars toward the Confluence Project, with several conditions. The amount is less than the $5,000,000 supporters had requested. The recommendation goes to the full board for a vote on January 21.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce letter:
Subject: Advance the Confluence Project Now
To: Chamber members
The proposed Confluence Project is one of the most important economic development opportunities to come before our community in decades, but we need your personal help in the next few days to make it a reality.
Your Chamber Board of Directors has looked very carefully at this complex project. We’ve asked the tough questions, dug into the details, and come away with a firm conviction that the proposed public investments by the city, county and state are appropriate and worthwhile. The Board met in special session this week and reaffirmed our commitment to support the Confluence, and to ask members like you to take action now to ensure that it goes forward.
There are two important things you can do as soon as you read this e-mail:
• Help us get a positive Eau Claire County Board vote at its meeting on Tuesday, January 21. Contact your County Board Member (if you live in Eau Claire County) and any County Board Members you know personally. Simply call, e-mail or talk with them in person – whichever way you’re most comfortable – and let them know you support of the County’s proposed contribution to the project. (Click here for a list of Board Members and their contact information, and here if you need a map to see which district you live in.)
• Add your name to the public list of supporters. We need to show the strength and depth of business support in our community for this project. You can help with that by adding your name, and that of your business, if you’d like, to the public list of project supporters that we are assembling. Click here to get your name on the list, or here if you ‘d like to see who is already on the list. Also forward this e-mail and ask your co-workers, friends and others to sign on.
Lost in all the details? We’ve developed a one-page Fact Sheet (at the link above):
The Confluence Project – What it is and why the Chamber supports it
At the Chamber, our mission is to advocate for the business community in a way that enhances the business environment and quality of life in the Chippewa Valley. We believe the Confluence Project is a critical opportunity to move our local economy forward, and we look forward to your help to make it a reality.
Bob McCoy, President & CEO
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce