Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2018

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Jul/Aug 2018 • 13 " Nothing says 'welcome' like a cou- ple of rockers placed on the front porch," said Robert F. Henderson, the executive director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. That's why the chamber is encouraging local business owners and residents to place rocking chairs in front of their homes and busi- nesses in keeping with the town's slogan — "the front porch of Orange County." The municipality of slightly more than 2,000 people has a fresh feel, Hen- derson said, with more than 20 facade im- provements in its century-old buildings and at least two new businesses. He wants visitors to be able to enjoy this. "There is a major effort to breathe new life into the town," he said. Residents and officials of Orleans — Orange County's oldest town — are proud of its compelling history and look forward to an even brighter future, said Henderson, who is also Orleans town clerk-treasurer. "We are in the process of creating an in-depth strategy with our community partners on marketing the vacant build- ings and finding individuals to invest in retail businesses," he said. He explained that the town is collaborating with the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, Radius Indiana, Indiana Landmarks, Hoosier Uplands and the Or- leans Chamber of Commerce in its ongo- ing revitalization effort. When Economic Development and Radius Indiana partnered to award grants to improve the fronts of buildings, good things happened, Henderson said. Ap- plicants were required to invest $1,000 in the project and received grants of up to $10,000. That resulted in new awnings, paint and other improvements. The goal is to get people to invest and attract viable businesses in retail, restaurants and other areas, Henderson said. A total of 25 proj- ects within the National Historic Register- listed downtown have received funding. The town also did its part by acquir- ing and renovating four buildings to at- tract investors. A local couple, Simon and Wendy Sprigler, purchased and remodeled three historic storefronts along the north side of Congress Square, adding a delicates- sen and A Bark Above, a pet-grooming/ photo establishment run by Abi Tackett. The delicatessen serves soup, sandwiches and other foods and is a comfortable spot for locals and visitors to gather. ''The Spriglers are a godsend,'' Hen- derson said. "They believe in their town and are willing to invest in its future." Henderson added that the Jasper Group relocating in part to Orleans in the former Paoli Inc. facility is "a large boom to the community." History In 1815, settlers named the town two months after Andrew Jackson's famous victory over the British in New Orleans. First incorporated in 1823, Orleans was too small to support the municipal ex- pense and had to abandon the corpora- tion. However, the town again incorpo- rated in 1865 and has become a beautiful, prosperous community. A historic display in Orleans' mod- ern Town Hall includes a television set In 1815, settlers named the town two months after Andrew Jackson's famous victory over the British in New Orleans.

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