News from the See You In Terre Haute Community Plan – October 2023

A Letter from Josh Alsip, Director of Community Engagement

Hello! Welcome to Fall…

First, if you haven’t seen it already check out our new talent attraction and retention video by clicking here.

The reception on social media has surpassed even our wildest expectations including over 130,000 views, 2,000 shares, and 17,000 social media reactions.

Union Health has become the first company or organization to take advantage of the Chamber’s new Terre Haute talent attraction and retention video.

Union Health CEO Steve Holman recorded a unique intro to the video. They will now use the entire video as a tool to spread a positive message about Terre Haute and Union Health in one entertaining and informative package.

If you are interested in making a custom video for your business or organization or would like more information on using the video to attract potential job candidates, please email me directly at

Josh Alsip

Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce

Director of Community Engagement


The Latest from the See You in Terre Haute Community Plan 

October 3, 2023

Tourism Pillar

Last week, the Capital Improvement Board announced the exciting results of their feasibility study for the Sports and Aquatic Center. Officials laid out a recommendation for an aquatic center at Deming Park.

The study recommended using the Deming Park pool as an aquatic center by adding a second pool and a lazy river.

An aquatic center was identified in the study as the number one priority, with a community recreation fieldhouse as the second priority and an outdoor sports complex as the third priority.

Investing in these community amenities, including a public pool, has always been a priority of the See You In Terre Haute Community Plan. The results of this study are just one of countless examples of the progress the Community Plan has made since 2019.

For more information on the CIB’s announcement click here.


Quality of Life Pillar

The City of Terre Haute is looking for feedback from business owners for Destination Wabash Ave., a focused look at the functionality of Downtown Terre Haute’s main thoroughfare from a vehicular, pedestrian, and property owner viewpoint.

Destination Wabash Ave project is the next step for Downtown Terre Haute to become a place that is competitive with regional main streets and downtowns throughout the country.

The aim is to strengthen economic vitality by improving the pedestrian environment, encouraging activity in the streetscapes through year-round areas for gathering, and improving the overall aesthetics of the streetscapes to create a comfortable pedestrian experience.

To provide feedback for Destination Wabash Ave., click here.


Health and Wellness Pillar

Last month, Union Health announced an agreement to acquire Terre Haute Regional Hospital. While financial terms were not immediately disclosed, the parties said the deal includes the hospital’s related businesses, physician clinic operations, and outpatient services.

Union Health said that the 278-bed hospital at 3901 South 7th Street “will continue operations with no intention of interruptions throughout the transition.”

“We are grateful for what the future holds as Regional team members join Union Health in serving the Wabash Valley,” Union Health CEO Steve Holman said in the release. “Regional has a long-standing and positive presence in our community and, together, we are excited about the opportunity to further improve access to innovative, quality health care in order to lead our community members to their best health and wellness.”

Union Health said a team from its human resources department will work with hospital employees to begin answering transition questions and extending job offers.

The See You In Terre Haute Community Plan was a catalyst for this agreement.

For more information about the acquisition, click here.

Infrastructure Pillar

Thrive West Central Indiana’s Homes for the Future program is already spurring action for improved housing in the area.

Thrive West Central announced it made $952,500 in READI Grant awards that will help leverage $25.7 million in private-sector housing development. The goal of the initiative is to stimulate the production of quality, age-friendly homes throughout West Central Indiana.

After the initial launch of the program, it was announced that the Vigo County Council approved $5 million in additional funding for housing with Thrive West Central.

Streamlining the production of affordable homes is a necessary component of achieving the goals of the See You in Terre Haute Community Plan.

To learn more about the program, click here.

Talent Attraction and Retention Pillar

Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College-Terre Haute have launched Grow Up in West Central Indiana, a collaborative Child Care Strategic Plan for the West Central Indiana region.

The strategic plan will identify child care challenges that are prevalent in communities throughout West Central Indiana and develop recommendations to address the growing demand for high-quality child care.

The first phase of this project is the West Central Indiana Child Care Strategic Plan Survey. The survey targets employers, employees, child care providers, and families and individuals both receiving and seeking child care. Complete the survey here.


Economic Development Pillar

Saturn Petcare Inc. recently celebrated an expansion and new street name at their southside location. The success of Saturn Petcare is not only due to the great investment the company has made in its

 operations but also the collaboration that the team has had with community leaders to ensure that their best days are still to come.

Investments like this in West Central Indiana’s booming manufacturing sector are a driving force behind ensuring residents have access to jobs in the region that pay well.

For more information about Saturn Petcare’s latest expansion and job openings they have, click here.


Explore the Community Plan Data

Halting population decline and increasing per capita personal income are the two key goals of the See You In Terre Haute Community Plan. A comprehensive community dashboard supported by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, the City of Terre Haute, Vigo County, and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is under development and will be released by the end of 2023. Learn more about current metrics below.