Advocacy Priorities

Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce has been and always will be, committed to creating a community that is a great place to live, work and do business. Our mission of “Building Business. Building Community” drives us to execute programs, services, and solutions for the community members of the Terre Haute, Indiana area.

Our focus areas contribute to the growth of our business community, attracting and retaining a talented workforce and overall helping Terre Haute to continue to be a wonderful place to live, work and build a business.

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2022 Advocacy Priorities

Immediate Action Items: 

  • Ensuring the Terre Haute casino license is awarded fairly and expeditiously so as not to further delay much-needed local and state revenue. 
  • Improvements along the I-70 corridor, specifically a third lane between Terre Haute and Indianapolis, due to safety concerns and economic development planning. 
  • State-level support for defense-focused economic development. As the home of the 181st Intelligence Wing, a wealth of higher education resources, high-tech manufacturing hub and one of the state's best airports, we are always ready for opportunities. 

Advocating for the rights of employers and against policies or actions that impede their ability to recruit and retain talent.

Federal Priorities:

  • Funding for state transportation initiatives
  • Continued federal prison development in West Central Indiana
  • Community health related initiatives, specifically in the area of recovery
  • Continued expansion of broadband services
  • Support for state-focused defense development projects 

State Priorities:

  • COVID-19 recovery support for businesses 
  • Transportation funding, specifically along I-70 corridor
  • Funding for regional economic development initiatives, including READI
  • Expansion of broadband, specifically in rural areas 
  • Support in pursuing defense-related economic development opportunities

Local Priorities:

  • Continued support for See You in Terre Haute Community Planning initiative
  • Rural development throughout six-county region
  • Support in pursuing defense-related economic development opportunities