Downtown sings economic tune: Arts cited for key role in driving Eau Claire development

Local acclaimed music and arts scene is a driving force in Eau Claire development, panelists at UW-Eau Claire say

Without the idea of the Confluence Arts Center five years ago, downtown Eau Claire might be a drastically different place today.

That’s according to Jamf Software co-founder Zach Halmstad, who joined three other panelists at a discussion Tuesday to highlight the role of music and the arts in downtown Eau Claire’s economic surge.

“When I look at this,” Halmstad said as he gestured at a  graphic display behind him of the $45 million arts center, which is under construction and expected to open next year, “this is economic development through the arts.”


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