Chamber Announces 107th Annual Meeting Will Continue… With First Ever Broadcast Event
Terre Haute, Ind. – The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is announcing its traditional Annual Meeting will continue as planned on Wednesday, August 19… with a twist! In the wake of COVID-19 and state health restrictions, the Chamber Board of Directors and staff has decided to host the event virtually. Thanks to a partnership with Terre Haute’s WTHI-TV (CBS), the 107th Annual Meeting will be celebrated as a broadcast event, airing at 7:30pm.
“In the 107 years the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce has been in existence the annual meeting has never been canceled, and we weren’t going to let it happen this year,” says Chamber President Kristin Craig. “Over the years the Annual Meeting has grown and changed and so has business. This year we’ve all had to reinvent the way we do business and the Annual Meeting is no different.”
Annual Meeting mainstays, including award presentations will remain, along with new elements and speakers within the broadcast.
The annual Building Business Award will be presented to an outstanding business that has brought significant economic growth to the West Central Indiana region.
The Building Community Award, sponsored by Indiana State University, honors an organization or individual(s) for making significant progress toward enhancing quality of life issues in the West Central region.
As with in past years a member of Leadership Connect of West Central Indiana is also recognized as an emerging and exemplary young professional in the community. The award, sponsored by the Wabash Valley Leadership Institute, awards the winner a spot in an upcoming WVLI cohort.
“The Chamber Annual Meeting is something the business community always looks forward to; being able to network with and meet other like-minded leaders,” says past Annual Meeting Athena Award winner, Sycamore Engineering Vice President and Chamber Board Chair Sara Smith. “We might not be able to meet in person, but we can at the very least reenergize leaders as we move forward and begin to rebuild.”
With the help of WTHI-TV, the Annual Meeting, which traditionally hosts around 700 people each year, will become accessible to anyone watching via TV or Live Stream. Craig says as businesses begin to reopen and assess the future, now is the time for the Chamber to continue its mission of Building Business. Building Community.
“We understand the struggle many businesses in our community are facing, and continue to work to support, educate and advocate for the future success of business in our new reality,” Craig says. “We aim to make this year’s Annual Meeting accessible to the entire community and provide a small light in this dark time.”