Business View Magazine | December 2020

403 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2020 Vincennes University Jasper is driving the region and Indiana forward by cultivating powerful and strategic business and industry partnerships that have tangible impacts on local and global economies. Looking to meet the growing demand for highly-skilled workers, our innovative programs feature new technologies that are creating high-wage, in-demand careers for Hoosiers and are also helping to bridge the skills gap. We are delivering the relevant education that both employers and employees want and need to establish a 21st-century workforce. Establishing a 21st Century Workforce JASPER , INDI ANA ideal use for this land. “We are a very active sports community,” says Blazey. “We have a lot of youth sports that people are proud of around here. We talked about having a big, active park but after talking to the community, and doing some work from a planning standpoint, we realized people really wanted just an open, natural setting. It has become a centerpiece for the community, our Central Park. It has walking trails, bike trails, multiple lakes for fishing, and a small pavilion that can be rented out for community and family gatherings. There’s also a really cool fort that was built up in the woods for kids, as a play structure.” At its heart, Jasper is a city with a rich history built on community values, entrepreneurship, and faith. “I really believe that we take it for granted, but visitors comment all the time that people here are so nice and understanding,” says Mayor Vonderheide. “It’s a value system we grew up with, and people that move in here, embrace it. There are always hiccups, but for the most part, it seems that diversity and inclusion is something our small town has embraced. When you consider the Quality of Place/Life initiatives that have been implemented in Jasper, in addition to the long-standing, strong business culture, it’s an ideal site for potential expansion possibilities or even for a new business start-up.”