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Posted: October 15, 2015 Study will look into possibility of year-round public market

City leaders would like to develop a year-round public market in downtown Eau Claire, and now a grant will help them determine if that is feasible.  

A news conference was held this morning to announce the plan for a $25,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Local Food Promotional Program planning grant.  It will be used for a public market feasibility study to evaluate if the local economy can create and sustain a year-round indoor facility.  The Eau Claire City Council voted to accept the grant last night.  

Interest in public markets has been reinvigorated based on the economic success of local food. Madison, Green Bay, and Kenosha have also taken up similar projects. The hope is to establish a public market for Eau Claire in the Cannery District. 

In addition to the USDA, there are many community partners. Support is coming from:  "Champion Sponsors" - Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Marshfield Clinic, and Mayo Clinic Health System - NW WI.  Each provided $25,000 in support of this study. 
Project team partners include UW-Extension Eau Claire County, UW-Eau Claire, and Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.

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