Do you love calling Newburgh, Indiana home? If so, mark your calendars to join us Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Town Hall. The community is invited to attend the Historic Newburgh, Inc. Annual Meeting. Refreshments will be available at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Historic Newburgh, Inc. Annual Meeting is more of a public forum format than ‘meeting.’ It is a time to gather and share our mutual interest in seeing downtown Newburgh grow, prosper and succeed. This is HNI’s opportunity to invite everyone who lives in the area, has partied at one of our events, volunteered at our events and business owners to come together. Successes from 2019 and plans for 2020 will be shared at this time.

Additionally, this meeting will be an opportunity to introduce the HNI Board of Directors. The HNI Board of Directors is made up of business people, volunteers and residents of our historic community. All these members share one goal — the love of the Town of Newburgh. Ballots will be present to vote on incoming members for the 2020 Board of Directors as well. Awards will be presented to highlight volunteers, Board Members and community involvement that impacted Newburgh over the last year.

The Public Forum part of the Annual Meeting is important. Did you know that the Family Movie Nights emerged from an HNI Annual Meeting? six years ago, when the floor was opened to the community for ideas the movie nights came up as a conversation. From that discussion, these individuals championed the concept with HNI and these movie nights became a fun new community event for Newburgh. The HNI Annual Meeting presents the opportunity for you to share what you might like to see happen in downtown Newburgh.

The meeting will also highlight the structure of HNI as an Indiana Main Street Organization. What does it mean to be an Indiana Main Street organization? Indiana recognized the need for assistance and educational opportunities to restore and revitalize Indiana cities and towns when the trend to develop suburbs and strip malls emerged in the ‘70’s. The result? They created Indiana Main Street to encourage communities to stay engaged in the success of their downtown. The HNI mission statement states that “HNI is a non-profit, Main Street organization dedicated to historic preservation, economic development and sustainability of Downtown Newburgh”.

There are many ways to get involved in Historic Newburgh, Inc. Opportunities for continued revitalization in Newburgh are dependent on fresh ideas and volunteers. Volunteers are needed are on all the Indiana Main Street Committees: Design, Promotion and Economic Progress. Each committee has a specific purpose and tasks to complete. Additionally, volunteers are needed at all events such as: Newburgh Wine Fest; Farmer’s Market; Fireworks & Evening in the Park; Ghost Walks; and Newburgh Celebrates Christmas.

The Annual Meeting is a community event and your presence is important. Your idea may be the next great thing in Newburgh! With community involvement, we can accomplish

so much.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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