TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Keeping Terre Haute Beautiful is an initiative that happens every year. But this isn't just about keeping parks and streets free of litter.
This is about commerce - this is about growing the city you live in, whether for tourism or for bringing in permanent residents.
"First, we have to be inviting enough to attract them to come here in the first place. Then we want them to leave with a good sense of what we are and who we are too,” said David Patterson, executive director of Terre Haute Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
News 10 talks to people every day who ask -- "Why aren't we bringing more businesses here? Why aren't we growing? Where's the industry?"
This initiative is just one of many steps the city takes to bring in that business.
“It has a huge impact and we have to keep doing it, keep working hard and make this city presentable to those that might want to invest here…whatever that brings them here, we want them to feel like this is a place that's being progressive,” said Duke Bennett, mayor of Terre Haute.
But it's more than just being clean. It's about pride, pride in the community.
"Being clean and inviting and looking efficient and capable. That's what we're all striving for,” said Patterson.
“We want to instill pride in the folks that live here. We want to engage them to help us,” said Bennett.
And first impressions are the most lasting.
"We can always do better. All these things, you have to make a priority and stick with it,” Patterson said.
"You know you don't get too many chances at first impressions. When people come to our community, whether they're just visiting, but that first impression is critical,” said Bennett.
Bennett says they do have a crew that picks up trash and cleans on a daily basis. But it's not enough - there's just too much for them to do.
He asks for volunteers and Terre Haute residents to do their part.
Saturday, September 28, is the clean up of Keep Terre Haute Beautiful.
You can meet at Fairbank's Park at the Patrick Shelter. The start time is 8:30 am.
A t-shirt and snack will be provided.
For more information, head to their website.
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