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A Partnership for the Future

Sullivan, IN. - Sullivan, Indiana. 

A rural community home to more than 41 hundred people. 

But over the years the population of the town has decreased, as folks left town in search of more opportunities. 

"This isn't a city of Sullivan problem, society is changing and the economy is changing," Clint Lamb said. "And the ones that change with it and adapt and are forward thinking they're the ones that are going to be successful." 

In his 6 years in office, Major Clint Lamb has seen a growth in business downtown and community members investing in the town where they grew up.     
 
And thanks to a new partnership, Launch Terre Haute will expand and work along side community leaders to retain and attract residents to the city, all by providing a place for new businesses to grow. 

"That's one of the biggest reasons why people never get into business is the start up cost and the additional investment," Lamb said. "If we don't invest in ourselves, if we don't invest infrastructure, if we don't invest in our young folks, if we don't invest in our people, don't expect anyone else too because it's not going to happen."

The membership based co-working space will have everything you see here at Launch Terre Haute. 

Members will pay a flat fee and have unlimited access to office space and amenities including fast and secure WIFI work stations and the ability to collaborate with other entrepreneurs.  

But before they ever open their doors, leaders are busy planning "Launch and Learn" educational series that will give middle and high school students courses in stem related fields. 
    
"Oh, this is great," David Dubree said. "We've wanted to do this for a really long time, trying to figure out how we can make it happen and with the support of the Sullivan County Redevelopment Commission, the Sullivan City Council and even the Sullivan County Council. Now we are able to be in Sullivan but bring these coding crash courses there to start with."   

The support around the new partnership has been overwhelming.
 
"These people that say we are trying to think big, it's already here," Lamb said. "And the times are changing. We just need to embrace it."      

Even though the launch Sullivan office doesn't have a location, there has already been a lot of interest.
    
David Dubree estimated that by the time they open their doors in Sullivan they will have around 30 members. 

One of the offerings, will be coding classes.

Those classed are made possible, thanks to a 60 thousand dollar grant, from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.


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