Mitch Daniels Visits Terre Haute

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The current Purdue University president pays a visit to Vigo County.

The last time Mitch Daniels was here he had a different title, Indiana’s governor.

Daniels has a rich interest in Indiana.

He says that Vigo County has always had the potential to be influential. 

Mitch Daniels visited Vigo County around 50 times during his run as governor of the State of Indiana from 2005 to 2013. 

Daniels says that for Indiana to be strong all part of the state need to be as well. 

“I don’t think it’s a secret that this part of Indiana is struggling a little bit, what I at least see is advantages that could be exploited and bring Vigo County and this general corner of Indiana along faster,” says Daniels.  

He’s always had high hopes for the state we call home. 

So while he’s in town WTWO asked him what his thoughts were on his successor, Eric Holcomb. 

“I think Governor Holcomb is off to a great start,” says Daniels. “I’m partial of course. We worked together for ten years. He represents what I always thought we tried to be, open. Practice politics by addition never division. Try to bring people together. 

Daniels say that Vice President Mike Pence, another Indiana native, is holding his current office well. 

“He’s conducting himself with the kind of decorum and dignity that we’ve always associated with those offices,” says Daniels. “And I hope at some point he can be a factor for bringing people together to get some big things done.” 

Before he heads on to his next stop, he leaves words of encouragement for Hoosiers. 

“I hope young Americans have learned enough history, paid enough attention, to realize how fortunate they are and we all are to live in this country,” says Daniels. “Recognizing all the problems we’ve got. There’s never been a better, freer, safer place to be or time to be here.”

Daniels says there are great assets here locally that we can use to help propel the state of Indiana further into the right direction.

There’s a reason why Mitch Daniels was in Vigo County.

He was the keynote speaker for the 104th Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

Hundreds filled the Hulman Center Wednesday night to celebrate and encourage pride in our community and state. 

The chamber president says this annual meeting will allow everyone to focus on a bolder approach. 

David Haynes, chamber president, hopes to see more collaborations and efforts by all our community partners. 

“My first annual meeting was the 101st, so I’m taking the responsibility of leading us into the second century of a great chamber, a great annual meeting and a very successful and thriving community,” says Haynes. 

Five awards were presented to companies and members of the community.

Cheri Bradley received the Athena Leadership Award.

The Griffin Bike Park/ Vigo County Parks Department received the Vision A Level Above award.

Jennifer Isbell-Scott was awarded the Young Leader of the Year. 

The award for Community Health and Wellness Champion went to Harsha Behavioral Center.

Joink LLC received the Business A Level Above award. 

So congratulations to them all.

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