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Tip Sheet for the Week of Dec. 19, 2005

RELEASED: Dec. 19, 2005

Story Idea
A recently released study found that UW-Eau Claire's annual economic impact on the Chippewa Valley totals more than $161 million. It also found that spending by the university, and it's students, employees and visitors has created more than 3,000 jobs in the region. On average, every dollar of UW-Eau Claire local spending generates about $1.41 in local business sales, the study found. The analysis shows that if the university's annual budget is cut by just $1 million, it causes a reduction of about $1.1 million local sales and could lead to the loss of more than 20 jobs. In fact, UW-Eau Claire's budget has been cut by more than $5.9 million between fiscal years 2002-2005, with an additional $4.1 million in cuts projected in the current biennium. According to the economic impact study, those cuts to the university budget — which total $10 million — will result in a net reduction of more than $10.6 million in local sales and potentially more than 200 lost jobs. The economics professor and student who conducted the analysis looked at four categories of spending: university purchases, employee spending, student spending and visitor spending. They determined an estimate of total spending in each of the categories and an estimate of the amount of spending that takes place locally. They then factored in the "ripple effect," or the impact that the spending has as the dollars circulate through the region. For information about the economic impact study, contact Wayne Carroll, professor of economics, at (715) 836-3388 or carrolwd@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The director of UW-Eau Claire's environmental and public health program will talk about choices Wisconsin residents must make that will affect the environmental health of generations to come during a Dec. 28 luncheon. Crispin Pierce, assistant professor of public health professions, will present "Balancing Act: Planning for a Sustainable Wisconsin" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. The presentation is part of the free UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association's monthly "Let's Do Lunch" series. Pierce will discuss decisions Wisconsin residents must make on issues such as energy sources, vehicle regulations and building density. He'll discuss the economic, political and scientific factors to be considered in making these decisions, as well as consequences of current and alternative choices for a balanced and sustainable future in Wisconsin. The media is welcome to attend the session.

Calendar Items

  • UW-Eau Claire students will continue with final exams through Friday, Dec. 23.
  • UW-Eau Claire will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

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