VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - Big time construction may be down this summer in a southern Indiana county, but the building business is still booming.
Duke Energy has wrapped up its 3-billion dollar power plant project in northern Knox County, but a number of other projects are underway.
New construction is still pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the area economy.
At Vincennes University crews are winding down on building a new $4-million Arts Center.
Across campus another contractor is moving quickly on a multi million dollar renovation of Morris Hall.
V.U. officials say they have more than $10-million of construction projects planned for this year.
"Students today, they're choosing, they want to live in a nice environment," said V.U. Vice President of Finance Phil Rath. "They want nice facilities and they want the experience of campus life."
V.U. though isn't the only one driving the construction here.
A $3-million project is underway at the George Rogers Clark National Park, and there's a quarter billion more.
"We've been very fortunate in Knox County with Farbest building and with the hospital reconstruction and you can go out and you can look at big and small construction projects are happening everywhere," said Marc McNeece with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.
The adage is a million here and a million there and the next thing you know you're talking about some real money, but in Knox County projects are running in the 10's of millions and hundreds of millions of dollars and the impact goes well beyond the construction site.
"All this work means a booming economy here in Knox County," said McNeece. "It means a lot of help to our restaurants, to our hotels, just to the general economy that we have here in Knox County."
Projects that are improving the community and putting dollars back into the economy.
Other construction projects expected to begin this year include a new swimming pool for the city of Vincennes, a new gymnasium at North Knox High School and a highway project in southern Knox County.
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
An assault leaves one man seriously injured.
The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.
Local Marines helped spread some holiday cheer today.
Terre Haute Police filed citations against one Terre Haute towing business earlier this year. Andrews Towing and investigators were in city court Friday morning for the first time.
Seven new Indiana Conservation Officers officially joined the DNR Division of Law Enforcement during graduation ceremonies Friday at the Indiana Government Center South.