What a Week It Was! David

Depending upon how people get there local news (TV, newspaper, Facebook, online, word of mouth), I do hope that they realize that last week was a good week for Terre Haute.

On Monday, April 10, the former American Can Company building that has grown old and ugly along the banks of our Wabash was given new life and purpose as ground was broken (actually, concrete blocks were smashed) to celebrate Riverfront Lofts. The building will be transformed into living spaces and tenants will live along the banks of the Wabash in this venerable old structure being repurposed by Core Redevelopment. What a great way to start the week!

Not to be outdone, Tuesday welcomed the first of three brainstorming session among those with an interest in the future of Downtown Terre Haute as an initiative of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. We are proud and excited to take on this challenge and the vibe in the room as various events, activities, promotions and ideas were discussed suggesting that many outside the Chamber are excited as well.

Always interested in welcoming our elected leaders, Wednesday was the day our friends at Saint Mary of the Woods College and the Chamber hosted United States Senator Joe Donnelly. After a tour of the SMWC campus, Senator Donnelly joined thirty of the Chamber’s leaders for lunch and a friendly exchange about what is happening in Washington, D.C., the Senator’s priorities and how decisions made in D.C. impact the Wabash Valley. The luncheon was sponsored by Union Health and representatives of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health Initiative were present. This program has been strongly supported by the Senator.

Thursday took us to Indianapolis where Governor Eric Holcomb presented the Sachem Award to Terre Haute’s Eva Kor. As the twelfth recipient of the Sachem Award, Eva finds herself in very select company and most deserving as the award recognizes “a lifetime of excellence and virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana”. Eva is tireless in her efforts to promote the power of forgiveness despite having suffered the atrocities imposed on her during the Holocaust. Upon receiving the award, Eva shared her story and challenged Washington to adopt her forgiving principles with wit and charm. Congratulations, Eva.

Led by Chamber Vice President, Kristin Craig, a group that included ISU students, CARS participants, and several Downtown Terre Haute volunteers tackled the planter boxes throughout the downtown area by cleaning them in preparation for spring plantings. The planter boxes are sponsored by various downtown merchants and overseen by Downtown Terre Haute. This represented one of the first efforts by the Chamber in assuming the responsibilities of Downtown Terre Haute. ISU’s participation was spearheaded by Pam Chamberlain, a long-time volunteer and contributor to DTH.

Also on Friday, the Chamber participated in the grand re-opening of the south Walmart. Congratulations for all the hard work done to create a fresh new shopping environment at a Walmart that has served our community for 28 years.

What a week it was! Let’s prepare for many more.