(ORLEANS) – Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch was a special guest of The Town of Orleans and Orleans Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon.
The Lt. Governor was in town to see the recent downtown improvements and new businesses now situated in Orleans. Crouch visited several of the shops around the historic town square and chatted with business owners about their roles as entrepreneurs including Simon and Wendy Sprigler, Sprigler’s Market & Deli, Katie Tolbert, Barbed Bling, Brandi Terrell, TeleHealth & Counseling and Greta Lewellyn, Free Style.
Orleans Town Clerk and Chamber Exec. Director Robert F. Henderson welcomed the Lt. Governor sharing briefly about on-going efforts to breathe new life in the business district and a number of other downtown enhancements completed to date and more still in the works. Henderson also touched on the variety of special events hosted downtown annually attracting a number of visitors to the area. A number of other community leaders were also on hand for the Lt. Governor’s walking tour including Chamber President Randy Clark, and O.C. Econ. Development Partnership (OCEDP) Exec. Director Zach Brown. The OCEDP was instrumental in the town’s façade grant program undertaken last year. Also spotlighted was the town’s partnership with Orange County Tourism to promote the area as a whole.
Crouch thanked the town and chamber officials for all their efforts to revitalize the historic business district and praised both the public and private investments made to date. She also noted the beauty and attractiveness of Congress Square remarking she has traveled the Hoosier state from end to end and has never seen a more attractive and inviting public space. Upon leaving Crouch also indicated an interest in a return visit to “Indiana’s Dogwood Capital” soon to check out the town’s award-winning Homegrown Farmers Market.