$300 million proposal looks to provide impact across the Wabash Valley

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WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – After months of preparation, anew proposal of nearly $300 million worth of projects could soon begin.

In an effort to help boost the economy and quality of the region, the Wabash River Regional Development Authority proposed this READI proposal.

The funds will help provide 42 projects serving residents of the region including housing projects, healthcare and educational opportunities.

For a full look at projects that would be completed if the grant is receive, click the link below.

The Wabash River Development Authority included Vigo, Sullivan, Knox, Clay, Parke and Vermillion.

“Important things such as innovation and entrepreneurship,” Greg Goode, president of Wabash River Development Authority said. “Workforce development and maintain a high quality of life that will then in turn attract people by way of tourism or people who’d like to actually relocate to one of the six counties.”

This grant will be privately and publicly funded.

“These projects in Vigo County and throughout the region wouldn’t be possible without the assistance we’re receiving from the state so we’re fortunate that the state is financially responsible and passing those dollars down to us and we can use them for future projects,” Chris Switzer, Vigo County commissioner.

Goode believes this potentially grant will aid in the revitalization efforts in the region.

“We’re on a roll right now with things such as the downtown revitalizations efforts, the convention center and this READI grant builds upon those type of activities that will continue to position Terre Haute as this magnet that will attract people from all over,” Goode explained.

Showing off what makes the region so great is one of the main components of the projects.

“Kind of the whole goal here is to bring everyone into our region and make them aware of things we have in other counites so a big project or portion of this is kind of a brochure of everything we have to offer region wide,” Switzer said.

The development authority will have to wait to find out how much funding they will receive and don’t know when the funding will be received.

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