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Wanted: some good people, good ideas

On Wednesday, March 3, there will be an interesting open house at the Harrison County Public Library in Corydon. It will start at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. Don’t worry. You don’t have to have a library card or stay all seven hours!
But if you have an interest, a stake, or just an opinion about the future of Corydon, it would be good if you could stop in and talk with some consultants and others who are seriously pondering the future of Corydon, and what might be done to make it a better place to work and live.
The consultants are from DLZ Indiana of Indianapolis and the Strategic Development Group from Bloomington. The local organizers are from Main Street Corydon, and the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, all good people with lots of ideas and suggestions to talk about, but they will be here because they want to get your ideas.
Some topics that will surely come up: What should visitors see first when they arrive at the outskirts of Corydon? What can be done about overhead utility lines? Should money be available to start-up businesses? What kind of businesses can thrive here? Should there be a fund to help business people rehabilitate their historic buildings? What’s going to happen to the empty Keller plant property? Can it be made into a park? Office space? An amphitheatre? Will the Corydon Jamboree expand? How will the new YMCA of Harrison County and the adjacent baseball and soccer fields influence development in that part of town? Will there ever be nice affordable apartments for the elderly downtown? Whatever happened to the museum idea? What will become of Rice Island playground?
And while we’re thinking, actually dreaming, about the future of Corydon, Sean Hawkins, the community development manager for the CVB, is looking for some help. Good, reliable, dependable help. He and his colleagues and the Corydon Capital State Memorial officials need volunteers for the big events that will take place in Corydon this year. Those events include the Bluegrass on the Square concerts, Light Up Corydon, the Hanging of the Greens, Art on the Square, the Tyson Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween on the Square, plus some planning, landscaping and clean-up events.
Let’s face it, volunteering for events like that can be a time-consuming drag, especially if you’re shy, don’t like meetings or committee work, or you’d would rather stand on the sidelines and criticize. But on the other hand, working with other people to plan neat community events can bring immense personal satisfaction. Sometimes it’s just plain fun to get involved with planning something like a bluegrass concert or Art on the Square. ‘It’s a good way to meet people and feel like you’re a part of the community,’ Hawkins said. ‘And the more voices there are in any activity, you always wind up with a better product.’
Hawkins is something of an expert in this field, and he says that small communities across the country that are successful and alive enjoy commitments from the people who call that place home. ‘It’s a great way to put your signature on the thing that happens.’