In September of 2021, the Terre Haute Convention Center was well underway and approaching just over 6 months until it’s opening day. The exterior had taken shape allowing the community to imagine the finished structure with newfound awe. During this same month as construction continued, many gathered outside of the soon-to-be convention center for the announcement and celebration of the first confirmed event the convention center had solidified – the 47th Annual Convention of the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana.
Not only was it the first event confirmed, but it was confirmed over a year and half into the future and slated for the summer of 2023. At the time, that event seemed far off. However, we all know that time passes as it always does … and here we are … wrapping up that long-awaited and highly celebrated event that marked the start to something great.
Late last month the community welcomed over 200 firefighters to Terre Haute for the convention, hosted by Terre Haute Firefighters Local 758. As the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana travels the state to different locations each year, local unions have the opportunity to bid on hosting the event in their own communities. Local 758 advocated for Terre Haute to host the conference in the community’s new state-of-the-art convention center. Each year, Locals aim to create an experience that surpasses all past conventions, and Terre Haute may have succeeded.
Attendees explored various aspects of Terre Haute including spending an afternoon at a 28-team golf outing and an evening at a community block party where the public was invited to attend and mingle with the firefighters. Local brewery Afterburner even created a special label for one of their beers in recognition of the convention! Overall, the four-day convention allowed our community to shine and welcome new faces.
Early next week, Terre Haute has the honor of hosting the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Conference where the community will once again have the opportunity to welcome our public safety officials to the community with our best foot forward.
Looking back on that September day in 2021, many things were in motion. The announcement of the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana conference the paved way to a road of success for the long-awaited Terre Haute Convention Center. It was a monumental day that represented many great things to come on the corners of 8th and Wabash. Today, we get to witness what once started as a vision come full circle.
Here's to more great events to come and sharing the best of this community.
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