Who We Are
One of our community's stronger character points is the people who live and work to make our regional community what it is today. The "can do" attitude that prevails is the mechanism for the ongoing progress and visioning for our future. There is a "consensus" fostered among the community' members and governmental agencies which brings a unique collaboration of leadership and creative solutions for the region's most challenging issues such as growth, management, transportation, green living, and intergovernmental cooperation.
Terre Haute is place where businesses and families grown big and strong. We know that education is one of the most important factors in creating a high-performance economy. Through the Vigo County School Corporation Pre-K to K through 12, along with private entities, and the community's vanguard of higher education leadership which includes Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Harrison College, there are various programs coordinated at the local and state level ensuring a seamless workforce delivery system.
Our location near both the population and geographic centers of North America is another powerful element for business success. We are conveniently located on Indiana's major east-west artery, Interstate Highway 70 and north-south U.S. Highway 41. Our Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field is served by three runways with the longest runway at 9, 020 feet. Historically the Terre Haute International Airport has served heavy aircraft including B747's and C5's. Rail service is provided by both CSX Transportation and Indiana Rail Road. The region is equidistant (approximately 120-miles) to Indiana's three water ports: Burns Harbor Portage which is the deep water port by way of the St. Lawrence River access into the Great Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Ports of Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon.
From a utility perspective, significant dollar investment ensures uninterrupted flow of energy, power, water and fiber optics, to the region. Utilities work closely with businesses to improve efficiency capitalizing on new technology and reduce energy costs.
In regards to livability, the greater Terre Haute area offers a plethora of activities. From the NCAA National Championship events, to the Blues at the Crossroads. From the Terre Haute Arts Corridor that offers a variety of galleries, artistry, and outdoor sculptures and the newly constructed 35,000 square-foot Terre Haute Children's Museum, to the Grand National Quarter Midget Racing. From farmer markets that bring together a wide range of producers including those from surrounding counties to the Covered Bridge Festival which takes place in our neighboring Parke County. The Covered Bridge Festival invites one to visit 31 historic covered bridges while shopping local crafters and artisans.
The Terre Haute area is a shoppers delight, too. We recognize that retail is certainly a critical component of our economic well-being and is nurtured, as is the industrial sector. We see the importance of having a balance between national and local retailers. Terre Haute maintains a high-volume sales level because its retail trade area covers a population of approximately 500,000 from 15 counties in Indiana and Illinois, which has virtually no other retail facilities. Dining options include everything from fine local restaurants to franchise favorites, to artsy hangouts and Blues lounges.