Who is leading this initiative?
This initiative was established by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The volunteer co-chairs are Jennifer Isbell-Scott of Vectren Energy and Rick Burger of Duke Energy. The Chamber staff members involved are Kristin Craig, Vice President and David Haynes, President.
What is the purpose of West Central 2025?
To create an action-oriented network of individuals and groups who are familiar with each other’s regional assets, seeking collaborative partnerships and ready to quickly seize opportunities that will represent West Central Indiana at the local, state and national levels. Specific results could include:
How will the individuals from around the region connect? What actions will they take?
The first meeting was held in March and will continue to connect periodically thereafter. During these meetings, the group will identify common strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and create an action plan to capitalize on these assets as a region. In between physical meetings, the group will stay connected by sharing regional opportunities via email and attending events. Individual collaborations among group members are strongly encouraged.
Who is invited to participate?
Any group in the West Central Indiana region, and neighboring Illinois counties, who is interested in exploring ways we can partner, is welcome to participate. This may include Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Tourism agencies, Community Foundations, Economic Development entities and elected officials. Separate focus groups will be held for business and non-profit leaders with an interest in regional collaboration.
How is this different from other regional collaborations?
Born from the ever-growing need to create a region that is inviting and open to business growth and development, West Central 2025 serves to position us for economic success. Members of this group will need to be responsive and ready to quickly respond to common needs of regional partners.
Who do I contact to get involved or for more information?
Kristin Craig, Vice President, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (812) 232-2391