The Daviess County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation, Heartbeat of Washington and local leadership have worked over the last two years on multiple strategic initiatives like the Hometown Collaboration Initiative and the recent Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan, sponsored by Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI), identifying areas in the community for transformative change.

Through various public forums and community outreach efforts, the team identified downtown Washington as a major focal point for evaluation. Our goal is to find areas to make Main Street more attractive both with beautification and connectivity improvements. Our first step was to hang new “Welcome to Washington” banners in many areas as well as a large banner at Meredith Park Plaza on Main and 2nd Street.

The Washington Arts and Gardens Club has done another excellent job with the flowers both at the park and in the hanging baskets. The Washington Parks department also helps us by watering the flowers and we appreciate their help. These efforts prove that our community members are working collaboratively to take steps that ensure downtown Washington accurately reflects the pride we have in our community.

We are happy to announce that we have recently installed a new Wi-Fi system at the Gazebo in Meredith Park with the help of RTC Communications. Wi-Fi access is free of charge to all members of the public for up to two hours each day. This is designed to make the downtown experience more enjoyable for both visitors and residents alike.

So, step out and log onto Washington Public Wi-Fi: surf the Web, check your e-mail, connect with friends and family, and post on social media while relaxing in Meredith Park. Future plans are to provide Wi-Fi from 2nd Street to the Bicentennial Park just across from the Indiana Theater. We invite anyone interested that is interested in improving downtown Washington to attend a Heartbeat of Washington meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 at the Cherry Ghost Coffee House, 424 E. Main Street, Washington.

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