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Lieutenant Governor tours downtown Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch toured the City of Wabash on Wednesday, July 31.

Crouch, who spoke earlier in the day to the Warsaw Rotary Club breakfast, stopped in Wabash while en route to Noblesville for a tour of that city.

She was greeted outside by Mayor Scott Long, who gave her a quick tour of City Hall, introducing her to various people around the building.

“I’m visiting one of the greatest cities in the State of Indiana and certainly a leader when it comes to community revitalization,” she said during a brief interview inside City Hall. “It’s an Indiana Main Street organization; a Stellar Community which recognizes the ability to come together and collaborate and partner to be able to really take their community to the next level.

“It was just exciting for me to be able to come and be able to witness and see all the investment that has been made here in Wabash as a result of the Stellar Community, but also by the private sector here in Wabash. I’m ready to go and see what they have done to revitalize their community and take it to the next level.

Crouch and Long took a driving tour around the city, looking at several of the projects made possible after the city was named a Stellar Community in 2014. Some of the projects seen were the Rock City Lofts, the façade rehabilitation program downtown, work at the Eagles Theater and work along the 13-15 corridor.

The lieutenant governor praised the Stellar program.

“We think it’s extremely important,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of Stellar communities in Indiana. To be a Stellar community is a very competitive process. You have to demonstrate the ability to come together as a community, stakeholders, and be able to lay out a vision for your community. But then you have to have a plan as to how you’re going to achieve that vision.
“As I said, there’s not too many communities that are designated.”

In the program’s first six years, two communities were selected as a Stellar Community. This year, only one is being selected.

“It’s a very select group of communities that are actually designated Stellar in the State of Indiana, and Wabash is one of those very special communities. It really empowers our communities to be able to come together and take their communities to the next level.”

Long was pleased to be able to give a tour to the lieutenant governor.

I think any time I have an opportunity to get the higher elected state officials in the community, it is a benefit,” he said. “For Lt. Governor Crouch to come and see for herself the things we are doing, not just seeing photos, it lets her know that we are moving forward and might be the difference between getting future awards and grants from the state agencies under her umbrella.  This holds true for the governor, who I am trying to get up here to visit also.”
 

Posted on 2019 Aug 06