Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eau Claire: Ramada deemed vital for downtown

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 4/11/2012.

Excerpt: Business owners and city leaders say a hotel complex such as the Ramada Convention Center, which faces foreclosure proceedings, is vital to Eau Claire's downtown.

Mike Schatz, economic development director for the city and executive director for the Redevelopment Authority and Downtown Eau Claire Inc., knows the value of the hotel and convention center.

"It brings in outside dollars in the form of convention attendees and tourists visiting the community who will shop in the downtown stores," Schatz said.

Jane Wolf, owner of Silver Feather, a shop on South Barstow Street that sells American Indian jewelry, music and crafts, has seen a host of hotel patrons in her 24 years at the store.

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