Eau Claire Chamber to Governor Evers, Legislators: UWEC Science Building funding critical to economic future of the region
As Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature develop the new 2021-23 biennial state budget, The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce has written the Governor, strongly encouraging the inclusion of the second phase funding of the Science & Health Sciences Building at UW-Eau Claire.
“There is no other current project that is more important to the future of our regional economy and workforce than this urgently needed replacement for the aging and outdated Phillips Hall,” asserts the letter, signed by Chamber Board Chair Scott Biederman and President/CEO Dave Minor.
The letter points out that the new building goes beyond the direct benefit to the UWEC Campus because it includes a planned research collaboration with Mayo Clinic Health System, will spark innovation and new business spin offs, enhances the ability to attract and retain talent, and will be the site of a new Blugold Center for High Performance Computing in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Two years ago, the 2019-21 State Budget included $209 million for the first phase funding of the project, with the understanding that the second phase would be funding would be provided in the 2021-23 budget so UWEC could achieve its goal to design a unified, efficient building, thereby allowing for a shortened construction timeline, cost savings for taxpayers, and timely completion to successfully realize all of its potential benefits.
The project has garnered bi-partisan support among Chippewa Valley area legislators, many of whom have cited it as the top area priority for the new legislative session.
See the letter below...
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.