About Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.
Our Mission Statement
Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(6) non-profit organization working hard to keep Downtown moving forward and growing. Our organization includes twenty-one board members and four staff members, each with their own Downtown story and reasons for contributing their time and talents. But all with a common passion for our community.
Our mission is to promote the development of business, housing, cultural resources, and activities within Downtown Eau Claire. To fulfill this mission, we act in three primary ways:
Promoting & Supporting Downtown Businesses
We’re here, first and foremost, to serve the businesses that choose to locate in Downtown. With 50% of our funding coming from businesses, we work every day to provide a collective effort to advance Downtown development. We raise awareness daily through social media, media interviews, and advocacy. Basically, it’s our job to promote all things Downtown. With staff members committed to Downtown, we provide logistic and project support to the business improvement districts and the City of Eau Claire. We also support our business community through targeted events such as First Fridays, the Holiday Season Opener
Creating Exceptional Events
By producing nine annual events and supporting numerous others, we’re working constantly to attract people to each of Downtown’s districts. From major festivals to targeted fundraisers, and from community clean-ups to celebrating the Holidays, we do it all. Through them all, we pride ourselves in offering accessible events that attract the whole community. As we plan each event, we work closely with our business community to ensure our events complement their efforts to attract customers. Our goal is to convert a new visitor into a returning customer, and a returning customer into a lifelong supporter.
Advancing Innovative Ideas & Projects
We work with entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and innovators to bring to life exciting projects that make our Downtown a stronger community. Through the years we’ve helped with efforts to improve parking and wayfinding, plan and implement streetscape enhancements, provide local music in the South Barstow District, light the Phoenix Park Bridge, support grocery store recruitment, and explore placemaking opportunities. Our Idea Lounge series brings together community leaders and advocates to focus on a single topic and identify actionable steps. Past topics have included encouraging our Creative Class, providing livable communities, evaluating the state of the arts, parking, the Confluence Project, farmers markets, and music in our city.