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On September 23, the LHC Class of 2020 met for the day at Level Two in Plainfield and learned about the infrastructure and resources needed in our communities to support & enhance our quality of life.

Classmates Spring Deaton and JP Biehn try to identify the locations of Hendricks County towns of the early 1900s.

 

What is “infrastructure”?

It’s the system of public works of a county and the related resources such as personnel, buildings, and equipment.

What infrastructure is needed to keep Hendricks County vibrant?

Transportation, parks, fire departments, waste and recycling management, and health care, to name a few. This class day also addressed the leadership mindsets and skills of cooperation and collaboration.

 

This class day is usually conducted via a motor coach tour of a portion of the county. Due to covid-19, stalwart and endlessly knowledgeable tour guides Jeff Banning and Marcus Turner (LHC 2007) recorded several videos to simulate the tour experience.

Parks directors Brent Bangel and Will Lacey talk about how they collaborate.

 

Speakers included:

  • Eric Anderson, Director of Properties, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Maggie Bishop, Business Development Analyst, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Bill Stinson, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Brent Bangel, Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Plainfield
  • Will Lacey, Parks Director, Town of Danville
  • Brent Anderson (LHC 2013), Fire Chief, Town of Plainfield
  • Adrian Caballero, Site Engineer, Twin Bridges Recycling and Disposal
  • Justin Buster, District Manager, Twin Bridges Recycling and Disposal
  • Shane Sommers (LHC 2009), Director of PT/OT/SM, Hendricks Regional Health

 

Class days include fun activities that get people up and interacting with each other.

 

In evaluating the day, class members reflected:

  • “I now understand the reasons that plans take a long time from planning to completion!”
  • “It is great to have a bigger perspective of how the county operates.”
  • “I have a better grasp on what infrastructure actually is. It’s like layers of a cake – all the layers are important – sewers, roads, right up to the things that make a community desirable – like parks.”
  • Collaboration is key. Especially in smaller communities!”
  • “It takes everyone’s vision and you have to have patience.”
  • “Each piece of a town’s infrastructure is important when looking at a community as a whole. Without one piece there is no collaboration – same as my business and family life – we all work together.”

 

LHC Board Vice Chair Cassie Mecklenburg, LHC Program Development Committee member Eric Hessel, and LHC Adult Class Facilitator Susan Rozzi are key members of the LHC team that makes class days possible.

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