Crouch: Local partnerships vital to community success

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Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner gave Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch a tour of Huntingburg Thursday, showing her the latest developments in the city. The tour included a stop at the city's new Market Street Park.


HUNTINGBURG — Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch walked around Market Street Park with Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner Thursday afternoon, admiring the different features of the new park.

She was in the city to speak at the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ regional conference, which was held at the Huntingburg Event Center.

“Downtowns are the lifeblood of our communities here in Indiana,” Crouch said as she stood on Fourth Street. “The revitalization of our downtowns is about economic development. When our downtowns are revitalized, you pull people in. You pull tourists in. It creates jobs. It also increases property values.

“Downtown revitalization is economic development.”

Spinner took her on a tour to show her the latest developments in the city. Those included the new Hunters Crossing subdivision, the new railroad overpass, the redesign work that is underway on Fourth Street and Market Street Park. He also showed her League Stadium, which she had not had the opportunity to visit before.

Also on the tour were Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA, and Scott Rudd, director of broadband opportunities. Both offices are under the umbrella of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

At Market Street Park, Crouch met representatives of local businesses that contributed to the park. OFS, German American Bank and Farbest Foods contributed substantially, Spinner explained. Crouch thanked the representatives

“Our roots are here,” Cory Menke, director of operations for OFS, told her. “So we want to do things here, to build our community.”

Local partnerships are vital to the success of a community, Crouch said.

“It’s so exciting to see Huntingburg take advantage of the opportunities and the grants the state offers,” she said, “and then more than match it with private sector dollars, to rejuvenate and revitalize the downtown. This is a community that is taking its future into its own hands.”

Seeing the work that is happening in Huntingburg will contribute to the future success and growth of the city, Crouch said.

“Abraham Lincoln said that the best way to predict your future is to create. And Huntingburg is creating a bright future for themselves and future generations,” she said. “So it’s extremely exciting to see this.”

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