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Just a few of the news stories you'll find in our upcoming issues:

bullet More parcels could soon be sold in the River Prairie development in Altoona.

bullet An 86-room Hampton Inn could soon be going up behind the former K-Mart building in Menomonie.

bullet A new IHOP may soon be developed behind Woodman's in Altoona.

These stories and more news about business in Eau Claire and the surrounding area coming in future issues of The Bottom Line, West Central Wisconsin's ONLY weekly business publication.

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There will be NO ISSUE of The Bottom Line next Friday,
September 2, 2016 due to the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Ropa Publishing Company wishes you an enjoyable holiday!

Our next issue will be September 9, 2016. 

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 News Flash

RDA makes deal with Market for Block Seven

The City of Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority (RDA) this week asked city staff to negotiate an agreement with Market & Johnson to utilize Block Seven for up to 150 construction workers to park ex...
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Two downtown projects are put on hold or not happening

Two projects that met with the City of Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority (RDA) in mid-February may not happen or have been put on hold. A proposal for Block 7 in the North Barstow Redevelopment Distr...
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 Business Bits
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Plan approved for Water Street tavern

The City of Eau Claire Plan Commission this week reversed an earlier decision and voted to approve a plan by resident James Rolbiecki to receive a conditional use permit for a new tavern at 1004 Menomonie Street.

Tender Care Transport adds limousine service

Tender Care Transport, which was acquired recently by Mark Anthony from Guy Wood, has added a limousine service for his patrons.

Feed company commits to Lake Wissota Park

Sparta, WI-based Star Blends will be acquiring land in the Lake Wissota Business Park and be constructing a 28,000-square-foot building to provide feed for dairy farms within a 70-mile radius of Chippewa Falls.

RBF Fund facade loan program “exploded”

The Regional Business Fund Inc. (RBF), a non-profit economic development corporation whose purpose is to promote business and economic development in West Central Wisconsin by providing business financing tools, has been seeing a large increase in use of its facade loan program.



 Editorial

Federal Budget Deficits Rising Again

Donald Trump has a huge tax-cut plan. Hillary Clinton is doubling down on proposed spending increases. Nowhere is it more evident in these two proposals that define each presidential candidate. But here's what neither presidential candidate wants you to know: Federal budget deficits, after declining from 2011 to 2015, are rising... Read more.

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

As I mentioned in last week's editorial, the next big thing in personal technology is virtual reality. According to the July 8, 2016 The Kiplinger Letter, the head-mounted displays that let users navigate a lifelike virtual 3-D world will see a blockbuster 2016, hitting $1 billion in sales. There is also something called augmen... Read more.

Soda Tax

The latest attack on America's expanding wastelines is aimed at your wallet, as health advocates and lawmakers hope to tax consumers out of drinking so many sugary drinks. Last week, when the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce of sugary drinks will go into effect in January, mak... Read more.