The theme of the Chamber Annual Meeting was “Leadership Unity.” This sparked the ‘Big Idea’ that a cooperative and coordinated process for long-range planning with results driven action for the purpose of growing our community.
The Terre Haute Chamber and the Alliance for Growth and Progress partnered to commission a study to be conducted to identify economic development needs.
Formation of the first Steering Committee and Strategic Action Teams were formed to develop an action plan based on the results of the study. A vision, mission and five strategic thrusts were founded.
Vision – “That the Terre Haute and Vigo County community will grow and prosper.”
Mission – “To provide the leadership and coordination necessary to develop, implement and update the long-term plan.
- Economic Development
- Community Appearance and Environment
- Resources and Funding
Many positives have come out of that first plan initiative. Here are some of those results:
The Alliance for Growth and Progress gave way to a new collaborative effort and the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation (THEDC) was formed for the purpose being the Leading Economic Development organization for the community.
A new brand, “Terre Haute – A Level Above” was developed. More than simply a new logo, it puts forth a powerful and positive statement of all of the grand accomplishments of the community. Externally the brand projects the pride of the community and that it has many amenities other communities do not have. Terre Haute, French for ‘High Ground,’ is uniquely different and this iconic brand is the foundation for the community to continue its climb toward a new standard of excellence in everything it does.
Over the past 10 years, our community has become engaged in the one of the most prolific ten years in our 200-year history. Here are just a few accomplishments realized in the past 10 years:
- The New Terre Haute Children’s Museum
- Hilton Garden Inn
- CandleWood Suites
- Clabber Girl Museum & Backery
- The Ohio Building
- Remodeling of the Indiana Theater
- The Arts Corridor
- Art Spaces – 13 Public Sculptures with another three planned this year
- Multimodal Transportation Facility
- Old National Bank Insurance Building
- Thompson Thrift Corporate Offices
- WTHI-TV 10, State-of-the-Art offices and Studio
- New – Chamber and EDC offices
- ISU’s Scott College of Business
- Wabashiki State Recreation Area
- 2013 Year-of-the-River
- Indiana Association of Track & Cross County Coaches “Hall of Fame Museum”
- $185 million dollar expansion of Union Hospital
- UAP Medical Office Building
- 13th Street Corridor connecting to the first phase of 641 Bypass
- Brown Blvd from Wabash to Mape
- Brown Field Clean-up Inititatives (Coke & Carbon site)
- New Trails from 5.5 miles to 36 miles today
- Boarl Bricks
- Menards Distribution Center
- Highway 46/Margaret Avenue Development
A new Steering Committee was formed to reinvigorate the long-term plan. Chorus, Inc. was hired to assist in the facilitation and coordination of the next stage of the long-term plan. On May 22, 2013, Chorus conducted a Long-Range Planning Forum with 83 community leaders. In preparation for the one-day forum, Chorus reported on surveys sent out to 1,390 at-large community leaders.
Terre Haute Tomorrow unveiled a new 10-Strategic Community Plan that included over 100 community leaders who participated. Goals, objectives and strategies are defined in each of five critical areas - quality of life/community image, economic development, workforce, leadership development and infrastructure.