If reshaping Terre Haute's future seems like a big project, letting go of negative perceptions of its past may be just as difficult.
But that's the goal of the massive "Quality of Life/Community Image" action team within a civic, volunteer group calling itself Terre Haute Tomorrow. The organization, made up of local leaders, met Friday morning to unveil their 10-year plan for the community.
There are five key areas outlined in that plan, including economic development, workforce readiness, leadership development and infrastructure. But quality of life and community image is the first "action team" on the list and probably the one with the broadest mission.
"Everything we do adds or detracts from our image as a community," said Norm Lowery, president and CEO of First Financial Bank and chairman of the quality of life action team. He was speaking Friday morning to about 75 participants in Terre Haute Tomorrow at the First Financial Bank conference center on South Seventh Street.
There are several subcommittees within the quality of life team, including the Wabash River Development and Beautification group, better known as Riverscape. Charlie Williams, co-chairman of the Riverscape subcommittee, said he prefers the expression "Quality of place" to "quality of life." The Riverscape group has 10 years of momentum and its goal is to "reinvent Terre Haute and its quality of place."
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