Terre Haute- once called a ‘model of stagnation’ is now being recognized as Indiana’s 2010 Community of the Year.
The state Chamber of Commerce presented the award Wednesday recognizing Terre Haute for its revitalization efforts. Terre Haute Chamber President Rod Henry says it’s not the beginning or the end. Efforts began in 2000 and he says they are ongoing.
“In 2003, there was a headline in a state newspaper that said Terre Haute was a model of stagnation,” Henry explains. “That was basically the straw that broke the camels back that got us really activated with a lot of different initiatives and we were working through the Terre Haute Tomorrow Strategic Partnership and said we’ve got to start showing that things are happening in this community.”
Henry says it’s a combination of a number of things that helped Terre Haute win the honor. He says the city has been capitalizing on the number of public-private partnerships. There are two new hotels in town, a children’s museum set to open soon, the Riverscape Project, and expanding health care facilities. While Henry says there’s a lot to be proud of, the city still has more to accomplish.
The state Chamber of Commerce will present Terre Haute with the official award on November 9th during its annual awards dinner.