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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

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Saturday, May 13 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
State of our Creative Economy

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Kick-off Wisconsin's Creative Economy Week and celebrate the flourishing local creative scene in the Chippewa Valley with an afternoon of conversation and drinks! We'll also be wrapping up Wisconsin's Economic Development Week!

Representatives from different creative perspectives in the region will reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how the community can continue to promote and advance our creative economy. We'll also discuss how the creative economy can be a powerful economic development tool. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to mingle and rub shoulders with your favorite local thought-leaders.

This event is FREE and open to all!

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Al Ross

Host, Wisconsin Public Radio
Al Ross was born and raised in the Fox Valley. In 1970, Ross started his broadcast career in Michigan and moved to Milwaukee in 1983 to work as creative director for Sundance Broadcasting. During that time, he also hosted "AM Milwaukee," a morning talk show on WOKY. Ross moved to... Read More →
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Mike Schatz

Economic Development Director, City of Eau Claire
Mike holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Carroll University and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.Mike is currently Economic Development Director for the City of Eau Claire (30 years), Executive Director of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) (15... Read More →

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Kristen Dexter

Future Owner, Forage
Kristen Dexter graduated from college as an art major with an emphasis in metalsmithing. For a decade she lived around Minneapolis and St. Paul, where she sold her jewelry at local shops, galleries and juried craft shows. In 1993 she, her husband and 4 month old daughter moved... Read More →
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B.J. Hollars

Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test.  Hollars serves as a mentor for... Read More →
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Greg Johnson

Owner, Artisan Forge Studios
Greg is an Eau Claire native and UW-Eau Claire graduate in Music Performance and General Fine Arts. Today Greg is a nationally-renowned metal sculptor and owner of Artisan Forge Metalworks. He bought the current Artisan Forge Studios building on 2015 and offers spaces to local artists... Read More →
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Dale Peters

City Manager, City of Eau Claire
Dale Peters has worked with the City of Eau Claire for 27 years and is currently serving as the City Manager.  Prior to this most-recent appointment, Dale was the City of Eau Claire’s Assistant City Manager for 10 years and served as the Director of Human Resources, Risk Management... Read More →
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Nick Poss

Owner & Instructor, Eau Claire Music School
Nick Poss grew up in Eau Claire where his love for music was nurtured by the vibrant arts community. After graduating from UWEC he went on to get a Masters and Ph.D. in ethnomusiology at the Ohio State University where he studied traditional Hmong music. His fieldwork often brought... Read More →

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The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely

The Oxbow Hotel is Eau Claire, WI's most authentic place to stay. Craft cocktails, unique food, live music, art gallery, and trail/river gear.

Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
The Lakely 516 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703

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