UWEC Professor explains the economic impact of Confluence Project

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The economic impact of the confluence project was part of a presentation Wednesday afternoon in Eau Claire. Retired UW-Eau Claire geography professor Dr. Brady Foust spoke to the UW-EC alumni association.

He said bringing in private investors is the first economic impact; new hotels, new restaurants and new office space are what he said investors are interested in.

The second economic impact is job growth. Dr. Foust said new business will create and maintain a number of jobs in the area.

“It will become a major recruiting tool to get new businesses to Eau Claire to create and maintain jobs. There are early impacts; people come from outside of Eau Claire and buy tickets and that is tourism," said Dr. Foust.

He added funding is the most important element of the project. Today, in Madison Governor Scott Walker announced he will support the project.

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