Community Of The Year

Terre Haute earns Indiana Chamber’s Community of the Year honor

Terre Haute earns Indiana Chamber’s Community of the Year honor TERRE HAUTE, IN — More than $1 billion in public and private sector partnerships — ranging from the development of one of the largest wetlands projects in the country to a downtown renaissance –contributed to Terre Haute being named the 2010 Community of the Year in an announcement today by Kevin Brinegar, president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

“Terre Haute has been building toward this type of recognition and spotlight for several years,” said Brinegar. “Thanks to a lot of hard work by various groups, the city has enhanced its economic future and elevated its quality of life for residents and visitors.”

Dubbed “The River of Progress,” Terre Haute’s nomination noted the tremendous growth and progress the community has realized during a time of difficult financial challenges. The introduction indicates “the name and GPS coordinates might never change, but like the river on whose banks it was founded, Terre Haute becomes a different entity every day.”

“This is a new chapter in our book. We are the Community of the Year. We are celebrating this recognition today because so many individuals and organizations have worked collaboratively to advance our community,” said Rod Henry, president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights of the nomination include:

• The Riverscape project which includes the development of the 48,000-acre Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area on the west side of the Wabash River. This will be one of the largest wetlands areas in the country and will also provide outdoor learning opportunities for area higher education institutions and K-12 schools. Riverscape also includes plans to utilize the river as a focal point for development of the east bank.
• The renovation of downtown Terre Haute including the development of the Hilton Garden Inn, Candlewood Suites, the new $5 million facility for the Terre Haute Children’s Science and Technology Museum and a Barnes and Noble academic superstore now under construction which will also house the Indiana State University Foundation.

• The creation of the community Farmers Market and other events in the Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace downtown.

• The expansion of Terre Haute’s health care community with the construction of a new $185 million facility for Union Hospital and the addition of a cancer infusion center at Regional Hospital.

• The continued growth and involvement of the higher education community and the impact of Indiana State’s strategic planning on the efforts to revitalize downtown Terre Haute and advance the Riverscape project.

• The addition of a Prospect League baseball team, the Terre Haute Rex, which played 28 home games to large crowds in the newly renovated Bob Warn field.

“These are just a few examples of the tremendous things going on in our community. These efforts are continuing, and it is incredibly exciting to see not only the progress we have made but the vision of what our community will look like five or 10 years down the road,” said Henry.

The Community of the Year award will be officially presented during the Indiana Chamber’s 21st Annual Awards Dinner on November 9, featuring Tom Brokaw as the keynote speaker. More than 1,200 statewide business political and community leaders will attend the event at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.