Governor Scott Walker joined representatives from Foxconn to announce the expansion of the Wisconn Valley Innovation Network to west-central Wisconsin with the acquisition of two locations in downtown Eau Claire. The new centers will create at least 150 high-tech jobs in Eau Claire and will be named Foxconn Place Chippewa Valley.
The Grand is a six-story, historic building in downtown Eau Claire that was constructed in 1929 and is a prominent part of Eau Claire's Central Business District. Located at 204 E. Grand Avenue, this location will be updated and converted into an incubator and laboratory for next-generation technological solutions.
Additionally, Foxconn has purchased over 15,000 square feet in Haymarket Landing, located at 200 Eau Claire Street which will be used as an innovation center for the AI 8K+5G ecosystem. The Haymarket Landing is a part of the Confluence Project and is a major public-private partnership aimed at redeveloping the center of downtown Eau Claire.
Wisconn Valley Innovation Centers have previously been announced in Green Bay and Milwaukee. These investments are more examples of the "Foxconn Bonus" as the projects are independent of any state investment incentives and come in addition to the company's plans for the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Racine County.