Downtown Fund


The Downtown Fund provides staffing for Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI), a separate non-profit corporation and the lead organization for marketing the downtown area. Created in 2002, the purpose of DECI was to carry out the recommendations of Hyett Palma’s Downtown Action Agenda 2001. Today its vision is to be the premier civic alliance that creates a downtown everyone recognizes, appreciates, and enjoys. Its mission is to promote the development of business, housing, cultural resources and activities. There are currently 683 businesses in the downtown area representing retail, restaurants, service, medical, manufacturing, government, entertainment, and recreational facilities. Approximately 10,300 people work downtown area. There are about 4,700 housing units available with over 10,800 residents living downtown.


  • Host annual events for the Eau Claire community.
  • Focus on the promotion of the downtown area as the premier location to live, shop, work and play.
  • Recruit and retain businesses within the downtown area.
  • Work with the City of Eau Claire on downtown transportation issues.
  • Promote the redevelopment efforts of downtown Eau Claire.
  • Brand downtown Eau Claire through marketing, website and other promotions.
  • Advance innovative ideas and projects.
  • Promote and support downtown businesses.
  • Provide administrative support to four Business Improvement Districts

Downtown Fund Revenues & Other Financing Sources

Downtown Fund Expenditures & Other Financing Uses