Eau Claire, WI Meeting Planning Overview
Located in northwestern Wisconsin about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Eau Claire was incorporated in 1872, currently has a population of over 65,000, and is the 8th largest city in the state of Wisconsin. Retail, health care, and education are the primary employment sectors in Eau Claire, and it is home to several national and regional companies including Menards, Cascades Tissue Group, National Presto Industries, Inc., Midwest Manufacturing, Erbert & Gerbert’s, and Silver Spring Foods. The city is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Immanuel Lutheran College.
Eau Claire in French is spelled "Eaux Claires" and means "Clear Water". The city was founded near the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers and the lumber industry drove Eau Claire's growth in the late 19th century. Eau Claire is a community thriving with arts and culture, including the outdoors and the music and art scene, all with a rich history.