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Reaction to Eau Claire being named an All-America City


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire is being recognized nationally for things many of you already know and appreciate. Eau Claire has been named an All America city by the National Civic League.

"I like that I can walk from my house to downtown, to the parks, and I can bring kids with me and feel safe," said Rosli Bragger of Eau Claire.

Residents now have one more reason to enjoy living in Eau Claire. Over the weekend, the National Civic League named Eau Claire one of its ten All America cities. It's the first time since 2003 a Wisconsin city has been recognized.

"It really puts the city on the map. It makes it known that this is a great place to live, work, and play. And it will help in our economic development efforts," said Russ Van Gompel, Eau Claire City Manager.

The group representing Eau Claire pitched three things; Clear Vision, the health chapter added to the comprehensive plan, and Phoenix Park.

Recreational options like the Chippewa River Trail are a big reason why many residents are happy to call Eau Claire home.

"I enjoy going down to music with the kids, and going to the park. I love the Farmer's Market, that's really nice," Bragger said.

"We live really close to this playground, and I like the playgrounds because lots of them are really big and they have pretty much everything you need for a playground," said Cormac Moss of Eau Claire.

The goal of the competition was to focus on health in the community. It's something residents were aware of long before any award was presented.

"I just love how it's a really safe community. I've never experienced crime issues in my neighborhood or the city in general," said Luke Anderson.

About 20 people were sent to Denver to make the pitch for Eau Claire. A number of businesses stepped forward to pay for that, but the city did foot the bill for two people who went. No word on what that cost.

There's a list of benefits to being named an All-America City. The city says winners receive a boost in business recruiting. It can increase civic engagement by energizing people, and provides national recognition that Eau Claire is a great place to live, work and play.

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Many of us like to think that where we live is the best place to be, hands down. Now the people of Eau Claire have a title to back that up.  

Eau Claire has been named an All-America City. 

The 2014 All-America City Awards were held in Denver, Colorado. Sunday night it was announced that Eau Claire was selected as one of 10 winners.  
25 cities competed over the weekend, telling judges the story of their city. A group representing Eau Claire talked about Phoenix Park, the city's growing trail system for walking and biking, and also the health chapter of the Eau Claire comprehensive plan.

Eau Claire was the only Wisconsin city to make the list this year.

The National Civic League, which hosts the competition, says the All-America city title has helped communities win grants and attract new employers.  
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