Heart of Jasper
Jasper, IN…Heart of Jasper is a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed through the nationwide organization Main Street America. The mission is to create the epicenter of activity for the community by leveraging existing assets, transforming those in need, and instilling new energy through creative programs and collaborative leadership. The vision is to create the best small town experience for all.
This collaborative effort unites the City of Jasper, Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Dubois County Community Foundation, Dubois Strong, Dubois County Tourism, Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, ROJAC, Jasper Public Library, Jasper Community Arts, and businesses in the Historic District, River Centre, and near downtown.
In announcing the new collaboration, Nancy Eckerle, director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce says, “Jasper has been part of the Main Street program since its inception in Indiana over 30 years ago. We have always had a strong downtown association and immense pride in the downtown area of Jasper. The establishment of Heart of Jasper will take us to a new level. Forming the various committees will provide volunteer opportunities for community members that will lead to action and involvement from many that want the downtown to be full of vitality for years ahead. This is exciting, and the Jasper Chamber is proud to be part of this new and progressive organization.”
Heart of Jasper determined new community priorities based on a 2018 survey conducted in Jasper by Main Street America. The group will focus their activities and economic development based on these results in three main areas:
- Arts, Entertainment, and Restaurants
- Home Living
- Health and Well- being.
Heart of Jasper has four main committees: Organization, Economic Vitality, Design, and Promotion. Their work will include a commercial inventory database of the Historic District and surrounding area to retain and recruit businesses. Additionally, workshops are planned for existing and new businesses. Infrastructure and design, façade improvements, and wayfinding signs are goals. Funds will be used to hire a part-time director. Responsibilities and information can be found on www.heartofjasper.org. Applications and resumes will be accepted until September 30, 2020.