Quality of Life: The factors that draw people to the city, encourage them to want to live here and motivate them to improve their lives.
Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett highlighted his top goal during the State of the City Address yesterday at the library. It's a challenge that's been around a while among community groups and leaders.
"We've got to make Terre Haute stand out," he said, noting the big goal for the next four years will be to improve quality of life in the city.
Like his counterparts in neighboring cities, Bennett realizes the significance of reaching the goal.
In his speech, he talked about what is necessary to for growth and prosperity with hopes of attracting more economic development. He noted that the city ranks low among others in recent studies. It will be challenging, but possible to achieve the goal with community effort.
The mayor would like the city to project a more positive image. He boasted about local schools, museums and businesses. He talked about his hopes to draw more people and business to the city.
The mayor's quality of life/place initiatives:
Community health issues should be a concern for us.
According to the 2016 County Health Rankings issued this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Vigo County ranks low compared to other Indiana counties.
Factors that influence health: Education, housing, jobs, smoking and access to healthy food and exercise opportunities.
“One of the best ways for Indiana counties to improve their rankings is to encourage residents to increase their physical activity,” State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. stated in a press release last week. “Obesity can lead to health problems that include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. All of those conditions are preventable with healthy habits that start early in life.”
Abundant information is available on city and county- specific research on why the area ranks low compared to others. Please see the Terre Haute Tomorrow website ; County Health Rankings website; the State of Indiana website; and the Indiana State Department of Health website for specific statistics and information on related organizations. Some highlights from the sites are provided below:
Regional City Initiative data pinpoints positive and negative aspects countywide regarding Quality of Life issues.
The study indicates the following local challenges for Vigo County:
Opportunities for Vigo County
Proposal for the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative for Vigo County
Previous Planning Efforts
Terre Haute Tomorrow: In 2000, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Growth and Progress partnered to commission a study to be conducted to identify economic development needs, Throughout the next decade, the city saw progress in downtown developments, river initiatives and countywide projects. according to the website.
In 2013, Terre Haute Tomorrow unveiled a new 10-year Strategic Community Plan. Goals, objectives and strategies are defined in each of five critical areas: quality of life/community image, economic development, workforce, leadership development and infrastructure, according to the website.
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