A recent report from Wallethub.com ranks Terre Haute, number 65 out of 78 for best places to live in the state.
Also in that report, the city ranks 70th in median family income, 56th in the quality of school systems and 65th for the number of families below the poverty line.
But, some city officials are instead, looking at the city’s triumphs and investments in the future.
Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels mirrored some of those notions at the annual Chamber of Commerce meeting. Basically saying the city and Vigo County should get it together and exploit some of the area’s advantages.
“There’s some assets y’all have that if you get yourselves together maybe we can make a little more of them,” Mitch Daniels said at last night’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.
His address was pretty straight forward, saying it’s no secret this part of Indiana is struggling and that we’ve trailed behind the state in growth.
“It was good to hear him say that, I was glad that everyone in the room could hear him say that, but at the same time, we’re working at it,” Charlie Williams said.
Williams, Riverscape president, says every city has it’s problems and that we’re making progress, especially when it comes to capitalizing on some of those assets Daniels talked about.
“Our progress is behind me,” he said.
Referring to the old Icon building that core redevelopment is reconstructing into 160 loft style apartments.
“Think of the views both of the river and of terre haute’s downtown skyline, it’s really going to be a significant improvement for Terre Haute,” Williams said.
Williams says millions of dollars, like this over 20 million dollar project have been invested to the riverfront.
“It took quarter of a century for Indianapolis to reinvent it’s downtown, good things take time.”
In recent years, Daniels has visited Terre Haute and Vigo County to dedicate the Healthy Rivers Initiative. Efforts along the riverfront are something Williams says will be the linchpin to progress.
Still, Daniels encourages city, county and state leaders to think big.
“Go for big goals, don’t waste a day if you can be trying to do something big and major to make life better for people, that’s what you’re there for,” Daniels said.