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Tip Sheet for week of May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

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UW-Eau Claire brings hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues into the Chippewa Valley each year, according to UW-Eau Claire's most recent regional economic impact analysis. Each year, UW-Eau Claire generates more than $317 million in spending in the Chippewa Valley, resulting in nearly $210 million in annual income and profits for local businesses, more than $21 million in tax revenue for local and state governments, and jobs for more than 3,300 workers. The "Regional Economic Impact of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire" report was completed by Dr. Wayne Carroll, professor of economics and chair of the economics department. Using the university's fiscal 2012 budget data, Carroll's analysis considered the university's purchases of goods and services, spending on university construction projects, spending by university employees, spending by university students and spending by visitors to the university. The five spending categories combined totaled just over $317 million in 2012, of which more than $156 million was spent locally. When the multiplier effect is considered, the total impact on the region increased to nearly $210 million annually. Employee spending is the largest of the five categories, with total spending estimated at about $121 million, of which $65 million is spent in the region. The multiplier effect brings the local impact up to about $78 million. Student spending is the next largest category, with students spending about $76 million annually. About $50 million of that is spent in the Chippewa Valley, for a total estimate of student spending of about $71 million. The study also found that 2,257 jobs exist because of university purchases, construction projects, and spending by employees, students and visitors. The multiplier effect brings the university's impact on employment to 3,369, with UW-Eau Claire having the greatest employment impact on real estate, food services and drinking establishments, and construction. For details, contact Dr. Wayne Carroll at carrolwd@uwec.edu or 715-836-3388.

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UW-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire have partnered to enhance local tourism. The partnership gives Visit Eau Claire improved access to university facilities for events. Visit Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire signed a facility use agreement that gives Visit Eau Claire preferred scheduling of university facilities during off-peak times. The agreement will help attract events that are too large for other area facilities to accommodate. For details, contact Kristin Cook, Visit Eau Claire, at 715-831-2345 or kristin@visiteauclaire.com.

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The Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center received the Organization of the Year Award from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund. Center coordinator Christopher Jorgenson said the award shows that UW-Eau Claire is becoming a safe place for the LGBTQ community. The center organizes events and offers a LGBTQ peer mentoring program. Its most well-known event, the Fire Ball, is the second largest event of the year for University Centers. The drag show provides opportunities for the campus and Eau Claire communities to experience the art of gender performance. The Fire Ball weaves in historical elements of the modern gay rights movement. Proceeds support the LGBTQA Student Support Fund, which supports student opportunities related to social justice advocacy, such as the Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the women's studies course "LGBTQA Studies: San Francisco Travel Seminar." For details, contact Christopher Jorgenson at jorgencj@uwec.edu or 715-836-2693.

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