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Media memo: Chancellor statement following Confluence-related referendum votes

April 1, 2014

TO: News editors and directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau director

SUBJECT: Chancellor statement following Confluence-related referendum votes

Following today's county and city referendum votes related to the proposed Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt has issued the following statement:

“UW-Eau Claire appreciates the engagement of the public and respects the decision of the voters. The results demonstrate our fellow citizens agree the Confluence Project represents a new way of government institutions and private enterprise working together to create something that no single entity could create alone:  a first-class arts center that will greatly benefit the community and the university alike.

We will now turn our attention to finalizing agreements to secure city and county funding for the community arts center. This overwhelming endorsement also should provide a clear indication to our partners in Madison that the community supports this project and the public-private partnership model necessary to achieve it.”

Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, may be contacted at 715-210-0339 for further comment on the Confluence Project-related referendum votes.


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