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What is sustainability? Does it apply only to large cities and corporations?
Sustainability is basically the capacity to endure. And to answer the second question, sustainability is not exclusive to large cities and corporations. Furthermore, sustainability is maintaining the well-being of residents, which also includes ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions. There are many aspects of communities in the Wabash Valley that provide a much needed advantage in the concept and practice of sustainability.
With communities in Vigo, Vermillion, Sullivan, Parke, Clay and Sullivan counties, several things come to mind when I consider all the advantages we have and the impact it can make on our community, economic culture and the character we have for both residents and also tourists. How do we want our residents, business owners and potential companies to view us as a community? Do we want to embrace each other with modern ideas and practices, or do we want to backtrack to the way things used to be done?
It is obvious where I stand. If communities continue to do things the way they did 10, 20 or 50 years ago they will never grow, change with the times and attract new business. If we don’t change, then we get left behind, and downtown areas become blighted.
So what do we have to do that we can position in a positive way, especially when funding streams have diminished or declined in many of our communities? First, in each of our communities we all have more direct, personal relationships. These relationships increase lines of communication with community members, local businesses and other important stakeholders. One of the purposes of increased communication with these personal relationships is to increase our community engagement. Look around many communities and you typically see baby boomers and older residents taking part in community activities and committees. I am 38 years old, and it is imperative that my generation and younger generations become engaged! We are building opportunities for future generations. This helps especially when implementing projects.
Second, outreach, education, awareness and community support are vital to our sustainability programs. As smaller communities, we are much more in-tune with our residents and can virtually be everywhere in order to reach them. For example, we can have displays at grocery stores, in the newspaper, sporting events, libraries, community meetings and so on. Large communities do not have that ability; we can capitalize on our size. Also, we can increase social norming more quickly, such as using recyclable bags for shopping.
And finally, goals and barriers are much easier to identify. I am on a committee to increase community engagement for Vermillion County. One of our goals is to ensure that all eight towns, cities and communities have representation at VCEDC. This provides a “voice” to each community to share their challenges, concerns and accomplishments.
Sustainability is not one-size-fits-all; we must identify our assets and begin marketing them to local businesses as well as potential larger companies to relocate to our areas. Barriers … each community and county has them. As small communities, we can identify barriers and locate resources to overcome them.
Heather (Penney) Strohm is the regional director for Indiana State University’s Indiana Small Business Development Center.
TERRE HAUTE —
What is sustainability? Does it apply only to large cities and corporations?
Social Security: Changes on the horizon for Social Security
A new year is a time for change. People across the world make resolutions and set goals to better themselves and the world around them. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, secure your finances for retirement, devote more time to charity or go on a vacation you’ve always dreamed about, chances are you have some ideas for a fresh start in 2014.
Business Cents: So does your advertising plan pass the sniff test?
Having been a business consultant for more than a decade now, there are some things that never fail to catch my attention, one of which is negative advertising.
Chamber of Commerce: Time to give a nod to local businesses
Are you familiar with a business deserving of recognition for achievements in 2013? Has it excelled in terms of business growth, implementation of green policies, creating a healthy workplace for its employees or overall business success? Maybe you are the owner of a company that meets these criteria? If so, consider completing a nomination for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business Recognition Award.
On the move: March 9, 2014
Stacey Joseph, broker associate with Remax Real Estate Associates in Terre Haute, was recently recognized by Remax of Indiana at the 2013 Awards Celebration at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.
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Milestone: March 9, 2014
On Wednesday Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department employee Robert (Pete) Jackson was recognized for 30 years of service.
Refrigerator recycling incentive increased to $50
Duke Energy customers who recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers will now receive a $50 incentive through the Duke Energy appliance recycling program.
Next Lunch with a Lawyer educational event set
Lunch with a Lawyer will feature attorney John Klotz from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at Wabash Senior Activity Center, 300 S. Fifth St.
Restaurant cuts ribbon for opening in Marshall
Country Kitchen celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Marshall Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant’s location at 710 Archer Ave., in Marshall, Ill.
Indiana startup launches social music player at SXSW
Caktus Music Inc. has announced the release of Caktus, the first true social music player, for iPhone.
Free tax preparation for low-income residents
Stadler & Company Tax Service is offering free tax preparation March 20-21 to low-income individuals and families in Wabash Valley.
Greater Clinton Chamber to meet at Dairy Queen
The Greater Clinton Chamber’s monthly luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Dairy Queen in Clinton.
US employers add 175K jobs despite harsh weather
U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
Meet and greet March 7 at Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds
An informal meet and greet at the new Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds ,423 Wabash Ave., begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Sony DADC halting local distribution operation, cutting 34 jobs
Sony DADC, a major electronics and digital equipment maker, confirmed today it is closing a distribution operation at its Terre Haute plant.
Advisers make students apply theory to practice
Master’s students in a strategic management class at Indiana State University received professional advice and insights from local companies during a semester-long project.
Social Security: In Iditarod and retirement, prep is key
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which started Saturday in Alaska, is one of the harshest, most challenging races known to man — or dog. Mushers embark on a nine- to 15-day race from Anchorage to Nome.
Contestants bear sub-zero temperatures with gale-force winds that can cause wind chills as low as negative 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes endurance, preparation and careful planning to make it from start to finish. The same can be said for your race toward retirement and Social Security.
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Biz prof outlines management practices
A strong dollar backed by the gold standard and perceived to be “as good as gold” has boosted America’s credibility with trading partners worldwide and facilitated rich exchanges of goods and services that allow the U.S. economy to grow and prosper.
FIO director to be keynote at D.C. summit
On the heels of his report to Congress proposing changes in insurance regulation, Michael McRaith, director of the Federal Insurance Office, will be the keynote speaker for Networks Financial Institute’s 10th anniversary Insurance Public Policy Summit.
Produce program taking applications
Melon Acres, north of Vincennes on U.S. 41, is preparing for another season of providing families with access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Oaktown farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program will begin the week of May 18. The 18-week season will run through September and shareholder registrations are now being accepted.
Students sought to paint houses during summer
While most college students will be spending the summer by the pool or relaxing with friends, James Welch will be running his own exterior painting business through an organization called Student Painters.
Best Places to Work in Indiana companies named
Union Hospital has been selected for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce “Best Places to Work” award for the sixth consecutive year.
ASAP makes 2 business degrees possible in 3 years
Motivated students interested in a career in business can jumpstart their futures with Ivy Tech Community College’s new Associate Accelerated Program.
IPL to host second class of principals
The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute at Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education is accepting applications until March 15, which has been extended because of winter storms and school cancellations.
- Briefly: March 2, 2014
Downtown coffee shop reopens under new ownership
A popular coffeehouse, with roots in downtown Terre Haute’s revival, has returned after a six-month absence.
Indiana Limestone Co. closing shop, idling 166
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An 88-year-old Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings is going out of business and laying off its 166 workers.
Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald’s with breakfast
NEW YORK (AP) — Egg McMuffin, meet the Waffle Taco.
Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half-hour later than McDonald’s offers its Egg McMuffins.
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