This will be my last article to write for the Historic Newburgh, Inc. column of the Warrick Standard. I will be transitioning into part-time Director of Development and Helen Zimmerman will become the full-time Executive Director of Historic Newburgh, Inc.

I have loved every minute of writing these articles because I learn so much about Newburgh, Warrick County and places like the airport that serve our community. Another reason I have enjoyed this opportunity is that I have given a voice to many community events and individuals that make a difference. I have met so many interesting people.

Some of my favorite articles include the one I wrote about Janet Stout. She is a long time resident of Newburgh that spent many years as a Hollywood costume designer and ultimately became president of the American Costume Company. The articles on the Warrick Museum, the Museum of the Coal Mine Museum and Newburgh Museum hopefully have spurred some of you to visit those Warrick County gems.

We had the Executive Director of the Office of Tourism Development visit Newburgh this year and he was totally impressed by what we have to offer the state in terms of tourism. Our biggest challenge is sharing with local residents and the world what a great place Newburgh and Warrick County is to visit and to live. This article is one way I have been able to do that.

If you tune into the Time Warner Cable Historic Newburgh TV 23 Magazine, you will see Helen Zimmerman taking on the role of interviewer. Again, this will be hard for me to give up because it is so much fun.

This is an exciting time for Historic Newburgh. We have so much going on in terms of events, activities, new businesses that bring a contemporary crowd and longtime businesses that bring the consistency of success.

One way we can add to the success is continue to write grants that bring outside money to Warrick County. That is where my role as development director comes in.

As development director, I will be focusing my efforts on working with various groups on fully developing various projects that can be funded through grant awards and then writing grant requests. The caveat is always that grants usually require a match of funds.

This past year, our organization has brought in close to $100,000 in outside monies, including a $25,000 grant from the Indiana Historical Society for foundation work needed as the Little Red Brick House is moved to the Old Lock and Dam Park. It will be repurposed into a concession stand and ticket booth for our proposed amphitheater. We will be applying for a Department of Natural Resource grant June 1, so don’t be surprised if I come knocking on your door. To get $200,000 we will need to raise $200,000.

It is indeed exciting times in Newburgh. Be sure to come to our January public meeting on the proposed amphitheater complex and our February Historic Newburgh, Inc. annual meeting. You all are a part of the future.

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