Everybodys Talking About Rivers’
It seems like lately I’ve been hearing one word over and over in Northeast Indiana: RIVERS. Between IPFW’s RiverFest, the recent River Summit hosted by Friends of the Rivers and now the addition of River Games to Three Rivers Festival…we can’t get enough of our rivers! We’ve been talking about river development as a region for decades, and it’s great to see people starting to take action by utilizing the rivers as the asset that they are.
Seasonal events are a great starting point, but I hope one day we can have riverfront development with year-long activities, shopping, dining—and hopefully, even housing. This topic has come up often in the Vision 2020 Quality of Life Action Team over the last few months, and I hope this is just the first step of many. Now that we’ve started collaborating on the topic, the next step is to learn as much as we can about our rivers.
What do the rivers mean to our residents?
What are the obstacles in developing them?
Where are there great opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of?
Vision 2020 is encouraging us all to dream big, and as we do so, I encourage you to check out what other regions in the country like Chattanooga, TN and Providence, RI have done to capitalize on their rivers. It’s great that so many new events have popped up to bring our attention to the rivers, but we can’t stop there. There is much work to do to make sure that game-changing initiatives like riverfront development come to fruition.
So now it’s time for your two cents. Give us a shout and let us know: what is your dream for riverfront recreation and development in Northeast Indiana?
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers