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Eau Claire recognized for revitalizing downtown

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Within the last decade, downtown Eau Claire has really started to thrive and today it’s one of six communities recognized through Main Street Days.

Governor Tony Evers declared Wednesday “Wisconsin Main Street Day” to recognize communities that invest in their downtowns.

In the last few years there have been some major changes to the downtown area including Phoenix Park, Haymarket Plaza and the Pablo Center.

Wisconsin Economic Development COO Tricia Braun said Eau Claire will now be part of a sister program to help the city continue to succeed.

“Eau Claire has made some incredible investments and transformations into the downtown area and into the community as a whole, but really today is focusing on our downtown,” said Tricia Braun with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

“It’s vibrant, it’s active. I mean you come downtown on any day when the weather is nice and there’s people everywhere. Whether they are shopping, or they are attending shows. The opening of the Pablo Center has really changed the vibe downtown,” said Dustin Olson with Downtown Eau Claire Inc.

Olson said downtown Eau Claire will continue to grow through more projects including the Cannery District and Block 7.

He said part of that includes the renovation of city hall which will be open to the public to tour on Thursday.

Tune into News 18’s MidDay at 11 a.m. on Thursday for a sneak peak at the renovations before the open house.

Shannon Satterlee

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