VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In August of 2019, the See you in Terre Haute strategic plan was created to sustain Vigo County’s population by 2025.
The six pillars making up the strategic plan are economic development, quality of life, talent attraction, health and wellness, tourism and infrastructure. Sub-committees have been created and led by community leaders to execute ideas for the plan.
“When you look at a five-year plan it sounds like a long time, but some of these projects take a long time to get done,” said Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett.
Some ideas are still discussed, including beautification projects at the I-70 exchanges and re-development of the riverfront at Fairbanks Park.
The Riverfront Project would be done with the help of students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
“I’ve got some pretty big visions about that. How we can create an attraction there that would bring people to the park,” the mayor said.
Also within the last year, businesswoman Marla Flowers was hired by the Chamber of Commerce to help. She’ll work alongside Co-chairs Mayor Bennett and Union Health CEO Steve Holman.
“When I came on in March, a lot of the groups had some momentum going. So it was just more of keeping that progress moving forward,” Flowers said.
One of the biggest goals of the plan still remains to be raising the median income.
“You’ve got to be able to have a job that pays the kind of wages you need to be able to live a good life in our city,” Mayor Bennett said.
According to Steve Holman, the plan has caught the eye of Governor Eric Holcomb. He said the recognition can help the plan in the long-run.
“When it makes that level of signicifance at the state-level we know that good things are going to happen,” Holman said.
Information on the plan’s progress can be found here.