SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Sullivan County community members and leaders weighed in Thursday night on COVID-19’s economic impact in the area during a meeting hosted by Thrive West Central to gain better insight on how to plan for economic growth.
This was the first of many meetings that Thrive West Central will host across six west-central Indiana counties, including Vigo. A coordinator said information gathered will help build a blueprint for the region’s recovery plan.
Some of the issues discussed included broadband internet access, housing, mental health and health care and small business development and expansion.
Alex Brown, economic recover and resilience coordinator for Thrive West Central, called the discussion “perspective that only locals can give on the issues that are relevant to their community. I do think the input that we glean from this meeting and from future meetings is going to make our way into that plan, so hopefully we will have some proposals or recommendations that either directly or indirectly come from this.”
Brown said that unemployment rates have bounced back across the region. Future meetings will be held in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion and Vigo counties.