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Improving the Gateway to Terre Haute

More than 100,000 people visit Terre Haute each year. Right now, only a row of lights welcomes them to Terre Haute. Mayor Duke Bennett hopes to add signs inviting visitors into the city.
More than 100,000 visitors come through Terre Haute each year. A row of lights were built as a welcome sign, but there's something missing.

"When you go to Indianapolis it says 'Welcome to Indianapolis' a huge sign," said Anastasia Newman.

But not when you come to Terre Haute. Mayor Duke Bennett hopes to put signage at the I-70 and US 41 intersection welcoming visitors to Terre Haute. He wants a new gateway to the city.

"I was a little disappointed in the last lights that were put up. I expected more," said Mark Mundell.

The Terre Haute Convention and Visitor's Bureau works on the bids to bring events and the visitors that come with them. Dave Patterson is the director of the bureau. He says making the city more appealing is crucial, especially because Terre Haute relies on tournaments and other events to bring people to the city.

"Everything we do here, we are kind of facility bound. And so if we are to grow in the next ten years, there's going to have to be some changes to facilities and different things," said Patterson.

The cross country tournament is the biggest event for Terre Haute. It brings about 20,000 visitors. This weekend alone, there is a girl's state basketball championship, bowling tournament and robotics tournament hosted in the city.
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