The City of Jasper Celebrates "Downtown Development Week" With Several Public Events


JASPER -- It’s Downtown Development Week across the state, and officials in Jasper are showing off its downtown with events for the public.  

It's sponsored by the Indiana Office Of Community and Rural Affairs.

Indiana’s Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch emphasizes the week of October 7-12, 2019 as a week to honor Indiana’s cities and towns to preserve and invest in the heart of their communities’ downtowns.

In Jasper, events will kick off Tuesday with a mayoral proclamation from mayor Dean Vonderheide.  He will do that at 8 a.m. at City Hall during the Board of Public Works & Safety Meeting.

The Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association will host an "Evening of Appetizers" event on Wednesday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is invited to browse local shops downtown and enjoy an array of food and sample beer and wine while you shop.

All week, some businesses downtown will participate in a Fall Story Book Walk.  You are invited to walk around the downtown square and read the pages of the book in store windows while you "window shop."

German American Bank is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday all day.  Refreshments will be served and you can enter a drawing to win prizes.  You are encouraged to join German American employees in bringing a non-perishable food item to donate during the week.

"We're very fortunate in Jasper, we have very few empty storefronts," says Nancy Eckerle, executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, speaking to WITZ Radio News.  "We have a lot of very vibrant businesses and we attract a lot of visitors from outside of the area that just feel Jasper has a very unique personality to our downtown."