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We are the Eau Claire Area
Economic Development Corporation

We advance the economic prosperity in Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire, Fairchild & Fall Creek by providing a wide range of free services for entrepreneurs and businesses. Our activities center around strengthening our local businesses, supporting our local talent pool, recruiting new businesses to our community, and supporting local entrepreneurs. 


Economic Development Has No "One-Size-Fits-All Solution"

That's why our programs and initiatives focus on various aspects including Business Recruitment, Critical Talent, Business Retention and Expansion, and Entrepreneurial Services. Through these, the Eau Claire Area EDC generates significant economic impacts on our community. Roll over images below to reveal how we help businesses, entrepreneurs, and our community every day.


2 Companies Launched

We help entrepreneurs and startups in our community through several annual programs and events, such as the Idea Challenge

256 New Jobs Created

through projects that the Eau Claire Area EDC assisted with. 

$30.5+ Million in Funding

secured in private-sector project investment for our local businesses to build or expand operations, train or add workforce, or upgrade equipment!

Narrowing Our Community's Skills Gap

We bring together community partners for the Employer's Skills Gap Survey and manage the Your Future Chippewa Valley website to connect employers to their future workforce.

Startup 48

Cited as "the most fun you can legally have in 48 hours" this intense event gives participants hands-on experience and knowledge on what it takes to create and run a viable startup by creating one over the course of a weekend. 

Supporting Entreprenuers

The Idea Challenge works with entrepreneurs to help them launch new products, services, or processes into our local marketplace. 

Recent News What's happening in the Eau Claire Area

1 Million Cups – Now in Eau Claire!

1 Million Cups, a free weekly program developed by the Kauffman Foundation that helps build startup communities nationwide, is now in full-swing

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Kinsel Shelf System wins the 2016 Idea Challenge!

The Kinsel System, a modular shelf system invented by Dennis Kinsel, won the 2016 Idea Challenge Grand prize of $5,000 towards reimbursable

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Nominations for the 2016 Paragon Award are Being Accepted

The Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Paragon Economic Impact Award. The Paragon Award

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