Terre Haute Tribune Star Reader’s Forum: See You In Terre Haute

Help us spread a message of pride

In late August, the See You In Terre Haute 2025 Community Plan was unveiled to the community.

Based on comprehensive research, community input and existing information from over 40 existing organizations, the community plan was built. It is focused on two critical goals: halt population decline and reverse the trend of declining per capita personal income. The entire premise of this plan is what can we as a community, accomplish by the year 2025. In just a few short years, can we work together to change the direction of these metrics and the direction of our community as well?

Since releasing the plan in August — along with members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Community Plan co-chairs, Mayor Duke Bennett and President and CEO of Union Health System, Steve Holman — I have said over and over that this is a “living, breathing document” and if we create the plan but do nothing, we would be doing a disservice to ourselves and the community.

Fortunately, the plan is in full swing. Volunteer co-chairs have been established to lead each of the plan pillars. Additionally, these co-chairs have created task forces to address critical issues, along with identifying existing resources in the community.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak at several community meetings regarding the plan and its merits.

We’re off to a great start, but the work is just beginning. I’m asking everyone reading this to do one simple thing … engage. Check out the plan – terrehautechamber.com/seeyouinterrehaute. Engage with a task force, reach out to a co-chair, read the plan, offer feedback.

And most importantly, start using the See You In Terre Haute brand. It is available for download at terrehaute.com; add it to your letterhead or your email signature.

Help us spread the message that we are proud of our community.

“See You In Terre Haute.”

— Kristin Craig

President, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce

This letter originally appeared in the Tribune Star on October 21, 2019.

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