Chamber Hosts 2024 City Update

Terre Haute, Ind. – Hundreds of local business and community leaders gathered at the Terre Haute Convention Center on Tuesday morning for the annual Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce City Update. This year served as Mayor Brandon Sakbun’s first update about the current state and future goals of the city to the business sector.

Mayor Sakbun highlighted the importance of the Community Plan and working collaboratively as a region during his remarks. “We’re building this city back one block at a time and we’re proud of our progress.”

Many of the topics highlighted the City’s role in making the long-term goals of the See You in Terre Haute Community Plan, raising the population and average income of residents, a reality.

There is already work in progress to address one of the main problems facing many growing communities, housing. The Homes for the Future program, through Thrive West Central, has supported almost 85% of the residential development in the City of Terre Haute so far in fiscal year 2024.

Downtown Terre Haute was also featured as a recent success story with more to come. Downtown has boomed in 2024 with programming like Rally the Valley, Total Eclipse of the Haute, HoopsFest, and more. To increase the ease of having great events Downtown, Mayor Sakbun is also supportive of the creation of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.

The administration has applied for two grants to help fund the Destination Wabash Project, a transformation of Downtown Terre Haute that will redefine how the population interacts with the heart of the City.

The City of Terre Haute has worked with local partners to pursue grants in the areas of regionalism, infrastructure, transportation, and environment including Community Crossings, IN READI, Lilly Endowment, and EECBG (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant).

Workforce Development remains a vital priority of any region looking to expand. A key part of the solution to workforce issues is the Goodwill Excel Center of West Central Indiana, which will be opening this fall. This program allows residents to work toward a high school diploma to open more windows of opportunity for a fruitful career.

The Vigo County CEO program successfully completed its first school year, and the INtern Experience in West Central Indiana is currently underway for its pilot year. Continued efforts from the Vigo County School Corporation, Wabash Valley Building Trades, and WorkOne have been paramount to ensuring our evolving workforce demands are met.

“This event provides the leaders in our community with the chance to hear about some of the great programs and initiatives we have in the works from a municipal perspective,” said Kristin Craig, Executive Director of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. “The goals of the See You in Terre Haute Community Plan are achievable if we can continue to work together and support these crucial steps in the right direction.”