About Flipping Finance 2021
Sullivan is a city in Hamilton Township, Sullivan County, Indiana, United States. The population was 4,249 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area. For residents who both live and work downtown, the heart of the city has everything you need. Within a four-block area, citizens have access to two grocery stores, the County Library, four local restaurants, eight places of worship, medical centers, a pharmacy, a post office, and the Sullivan Civic Center. Residents and visitors can enjoy some of the most beautiful natural areas around just a few miles away from our exciting and thriving downtown scene. Sullivan County Park and Lake draws thousands of visitors every year between April and October. The park contains 600 campsites and is considered by locals a “golf cart community” because of all the camping, fishing, and boating that draw people in. The biggest draw of all is the annual Fourth of July Festival, where people can pull out their picnic blankets and watch the fireworks go off over the lake. History buffs have plenty to see too, between the Historic Downtown Gymnasium from the early 1900’s. To the buildings on the National Register of Historic Place, such as the Sullivan County Courthouse, the Historic Sherman House, and Carnegie Library. In the city of Sullivan, having a great education system is one of our highest priorities. We take pride in our public schools, from elementary to high school, and everybody makes their way out to support and cheer our Golden Arrows wherever and whenever they are playing. For greater education opportunities students check out Innovate Sullivan, a ground-breaking incubator shared working space with cutting-edge encoding classes and entrepreneurial start up opportunities. Along with several other educational institutes. Sullivan is less than a half hour away from several other acclaimed institutions of higher learning like, Vincennes University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and Indiana State University, which has a 435-acre campus that houses students from 65 countries from around the world.
The City of Sullivan has exciting plans in the works for our residents and our visitors. We are working to make our city more vibrant and to enhance the quality of life in Sullivan, Indiana. A few examples of this are the emerging trail system throughout the city, as well as a current City Park revitalization campaign. With the assistance of our residents, civic organizations, schools, churches, and our businesses--combined with an attitude for positive action--we can achieve our goals together.
City of Sullivan featured challenges at Flipping Finance 2021
Creating quality housing of all types including affordable and market-rate housing
Creating revitalization and quality of life in the City of Sullivan neighborhoods
Financing renovations of a 50+ year old Sullivan City Swimming Pool
Operating in a post-coal mindset amid the closing of the Hoosier Energy plant
Expansion of the Sullivan County Park and Lake
Getting the City of Sullivan’s new hotel back on track in a post-Covid world
Jasper is a regional economic center with a thriving industrial base and a high employment rate. Most of the population is employed through industries, local industries in manufacturing, specifically wood manufacturing, and wood and metal combinations for furniture, both in the hospitality and office furniture markets. Other major industries showing growth include electronic components, engines and remanufactured engines, and logistics. Jasper is home to multinational companies, national companies, and several companies that are publicly traded. Entrepreneurship is strong in Jasper, where many commercial and retail businesses are locally owned. The population of Jasper inflates from 16,500 residents to roughly 24,000 during the day as the employment opportunities draw residents from surrounding counties.
Jasper excels as a stand-alone destination and is the county seat of Dubois County. Inviting and inclusive, the city of Jasper, Indiana lives up to its reputation as one of America’s best communities. Ideally situated less than half an hour away from popular Indiana attractions, such as French Lick Casino and Resort, Patoka Lake, and Holiday World. Jasper is home to the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, The Dubois County Museum (voted the best small town museum in the state), the Spirit of Jasper Train, The Jasper City Mill, The Parklands of Jasper (75-acre nature destination), The River Walk, The Thyen-Clark Cultural Center and many other points of interest. Residents and visitors can enjoy the city’s rich history, while exploring the beautiful parks and trails, or enjoying the diverse art, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences.
At its heart, Jasper is a city with a rich history built on community values, entrepreneurship, and faith. Jasper is a small, very proud and growing community where newcomers are always welcome. Protecting its safe neighborhoods, clean streets, and quality of place are priorities in the city and it’s noticeable. Jasper has an excellent school system, excellent sports, parks, and recreation programs, and is known for the arts.
Jasper boasts the only municipally supported Arts Council in the state of Indiana. The city of Jasper and the Jasper Community Arts Commission is the only group to have won the Governor's Arts Award twice.
Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center is one of Jasper’s largest employers. Memorial provides primary, specialty, and emergency services to residents of Jasper and eight other regions in Dubois County. Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center was the recipient of the coveted Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award.
The city believes strongly in the importance of education and its schools are ranked as some of the best in the state. We have excellent facilities and we keep investing in our schools, locally. Education is core to economic development. Jasper is home to a satellite campus of Vincennes University and Oakland City University.
City of Jasper featured challenges at Flipping Finance 2021
Creating public-use indoor recreational facilities in the City of Jasper
Connecting visitors and residents to local Jasper attractions using the existing Spirit of Jasper train
Increasing transportation accessibility to residents and visitors within the region
Located about 33 miles east of Indianapolis, Knightstown is situated between the Big Blue River and Montgomery Creek on U.S. Hwy. 40. Known as a historic, rural community, Knightstown offers a low cost of living, the convenience of interstate travel, proximity to Indianapolis and conveniences necessary to navigate day-to-day life. With a population of 2,182 people in the 2010 census, the town has that friendly, small town Indiana vibe.Knightstown is famous for having the Hoosier Gym where the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed in 1986.
Knightstown has welcomed new downtown business in the last few years and entrepreneurs have added “great places to eat” to the list of Knightstown attractions. Visitors and residents in Knightstown can enjoy homemade donuts served with “Hoosier hospitality” as well as a farm to table breakfast at Ye Olde Corner Bakery, then head over to the Birch Tree Café and Bakery or Los Charros for lunch, have an afternoon snack at Itty Bitty Bakery or Delish and finish off the day at Block and Brew or Red Bone’s Pizza and Chicken.
Additionally, Knightstown is known for an assortment of residential, commercial and public buildings built in its’ early settlement days, showing that the town was and is clearly one of Henry County's preeminent communities. Remarkably, the people who have called Knightstown home throughout the years have cared for the history of the town and the history of their homes, creating a beautiful setting for people who desire a life outside the hustle and bustle of larger cities and towns. The downtown area of Knightstown became a designated historic district in 1985; the Glen Cove Cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018; and many homes throughout the community have been designated historical sites.
According to datausa.io in 2018, Knightstown employed 989 people, with the largest industries employing 219 in manufacturing, 177 in healthcare and 123 in accommodation and food services.There are a variety of employers in Knightstown that include companies who specialize in commercial general contracting, development of upscale housing at market rates in less densely populated areas, manufacturing, antique dealers, and a variety of professional service firms such as accounting and investment services.Additionally, Knightstown is home of a bridal retailer known throughout the Midwest, has a boutique shop, florist, a medical facility, an eye doctor and dentists within the town limits.
Ideally situated in proximity to Summit State Park, Mounds State Park, the Henry County Memorial Park, Royal Highlands Golf Course, Yogi Bear Campground, as well as Knightstown’s own park and recreation sites, residents have ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities close to home. Whether people enjoy kayaking the river, canoeing at the Knightstown lake, taking a walk on the National Road Heritage Trail or fishing in a stocked pond at Sunset Park, there are a lot of opportunities to get outside!
The Town is currently involved in many exciting projects and plans intended to energize the community and assure that Knightstown continues to prosper and is ready for future growth.
Town of Knightstown featured challenges at Flipping Finance 2021
Taking the lead on I-70 infrastructure urgent opportunities for economic development
Positioning Knightstown as a place people want to live – the next growth town.
Ambulance service attrition addressing concerns for healthy and safety of residents
Increasing access for residents to fresh food options
Increasing youth engagement in the Town of Knightstown