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Mayor's Blog

Aug 1st, 2019
08:09 AM
about 1 year ago

Jasper is a community that is built on hard work ethic and strong core values. As both a community member and Mayor, I have witnessed these qualities lead Jasper to many notable accomplishments. We have much to be proud of. This past September, Jasper was named the “2018 Indiana Chamber Community of the Year.” This award is given annually to a Hoosier community for significant contributions to its local business climate and overall image. It is humbling to know that others are able to recognize all that we have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish here in Jasper.

We take pride in Jasper being a safe place to call home. Jasper was also recently recognized as one of the safest places to live in Indiana by Home Security Advisor. Our community was named the seventh safest city among the top ten safest cities in Indiana. We are so very fortunate to have a police department, citizens, and visitors that work hard to maintain the safety and security of our community. 

I am also humbled and proud of the City of Jasper to be recognized by USA Today as the best city to live in, in Indiana based on quality of life. What sets Jasper apart and makes our city so deserving of these awards are the people that live, work, and play in our community. An outstanding quality that I see both within our workplace and the community as a whole is a diverse way of thinking. To pursue visions and accomplish goals, diverse perspectives and broadened visions must be brought to the table. I am proud to say that Jasper is able to think diversely, yet share the same core values that glue our workplace and community together: family, friendships, faith, hard work, and more. As we strive toward new goals and accomplishments, it is important to keep these strong, core values at the forefront of our progress. Let’s continue to move forward, together.

Mayor Vonderheide