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One step closer to a Convention Center

A special meeting was called by the Vigo County Council to hear details on the convention center funding.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 10:33 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Bringing a convention center to Terre Haute has been in the talks for almost 2 years now.

We're getting closer and closer to finalizing details.

Tuesday night Vigo county council held a special meeting to work out some of those details.

"It's being proposed that the county put down an initial payment of $5 million. At least the $5 million and the county has the funds to do that." Aaron Loudermilk, President of the County Council said.

Loudermilk said he's confident the county is on solid ground when it comes to the money.

He said that if Vigo county wants to stay thriving it has to reinvent its self and this is one way to do that

"We have to change who we are as a county. For many years, we've focused on being the center for shopping and the center for people outside this community to come here and have dinner," he said. "Well, we're losing the retail market because of what's happening to shopping centers across the country."

The interlocal agreement that was talked about tonight will have the county, city, capital improvement board and redevelopment commission all paying for parts of the convention center.

None of that is set in stone yet.

The agreement has to be presented to each group.

But Loudermilk said he thinks the convention center will only be positive to Vigo County.

"I'm very supportive of the project and what it can bring to the downtown," he said. "I think it's another mechanism to bring new visitors into our county."

Tuesday night was only informational and for questions to be answered.

Nothing was voted on as far as funding goes.

The meeting for that will be April 2nd at the Annex and news 10 will be there and give you all the updates.

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