Eau Claire County



The Eau Claire County communities of Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire, Fairchild and Fall Creek create an area rich with opportunities for business, education, health care, and recreational activities. This county is hub of activity for business and industry because of the area’s proximity to the Twin Cities, access to markets via major highways—including Interstate 94 and U.S. Highways 12 and 53—along with air, rail and access to an intermodal facility.

Key industry clusters include medical devices and plastics; information and computer systems; manufacturing and distribution; and agriculture and food processing.  Mayo Clinic Health System, Menards Inc., Phillips Medisize, Sacred Heart Hospital, United Healthcare, Hutchinson Technology Inc. and Bush Brothers are among the county’s top employers.

Innovators and entrepreneurs thrive here thanks to higher education institutions including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Globe University and Lakeland College. The CVTC Applied Technology Center supports business startups for microfabrication and other advanced manufacturing technologies, providing access to the latest technology and equipment to commercialize innovations. The Chippewa Valley Innovation Center encourages new and emerging entrepreneurial businesses to utilize community resources and provides warehouse and manufacturing space, managerial support, technical assistance, and access to finical programs.

While specialized training and access to highly skilled labor is a draw for new and expanding businesses, the area’s robust economy and picturesque surroundings make it a breeze to attract talent to fill a range of workforce needs.

Business parks throughout the county offer available buildings and sites with access to major transportation routes, utilities, technology infrastructure and a range of amenities and services.

For more information contact:

Luke Hanson, Executive Director
Eau Claire County Development Corporation

City/County Economic Development Corporations

The City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division
203 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation
101 N. Farwell Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Higher Education

Chippewa Valley Technical College

UW-Eau Claire

Globe University

Immanuel Lutheran College

Business Associations (Chambers, Main Streets, etc.)

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.
203 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI 54701

South Barstow Business Improvement District
President: Mike Carlson (Eau Claire Press Company)
701 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

North Barstow/Medical Business Improvement District
Contact: Julia Johnson (Jamf)
215 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Water Street Business Improvement District
Contact: John Mogensen
301 Water St., Ste. 3
Eau Claire, WI 54703

West Grand Avenue Business Improvement District
Contact: Webster Hart, Attorney
116 W. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54703

South Hastings Business Association
Contact: Bonnie Feltz

Historic Preservation Foundation
Contact: Janice Wnukowski

Water Street Merchants Association
Contact: Jeremy Kachmar
405 Water St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Government (City & County)

The City of Altoona
City Administrator: Mike Golat

The City of Eau Claire
203 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI 54703
City Manager: Dale Peter

Eau Claire County
Aaron White

Eau Claire County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 98,736. Its county seat is Eau Claire. The county's name is French for Clear Water. 

Area: 645 sq miles (1,671 km²)
Population: 101,438 (2013)
Unemployment rate: 3.9% (Dec 2014)
County seat: Eau Claire
Cities: Eau Claire, Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Fairchild

Other Resources

Chippewa Valley Innovation Center

Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin