Stellar Finalist Seeking Public Feedback

Posted: Updated:
The Stellar Communities program began in 2011. The Stellar Communities program began in 2011.

Nearly 100 officials from the private, nonprofit and government sectors throughout Marshall County are meeting Thursday to work on boosting the region's Stellar Communities application. The leaders are looking to gather input on potential regional projects that would benefit from funding through the Stellar designation.

The "Marshall County Crossroads" is one of six finalists vying for the designation, which is being awarded on a regional basis for the first time in the Stellar program's history. The group consists of leaders from Marshall County and the towns of Argos, Bremen, Bourbon, Culver, LaPaz and Plymouth, as well as Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

"This will be an informative planning session," said Kevin Overmyer, president of the Marshall County Commissioners and co-chair of the Marshall County Crossroads Stellar Initiative steering committee. "But what we’re really doing on Thursday is encouraging new ideas and community feedback that will help tailor our application. Citizen input and feedback is critical to our process, so we’re excited about this opportunity on Thursday."

The Marshall County Economic Development Corp. says the group will spend the next two months working to develop, promote, and communicate its Stellar proposal before the Stellar team arrives in the fall for site visits. The Stellar Communities designees will be announced later this fall or in early winter.

  • Perspectives

    • What Makes Up Quality of Place?

      Economic development is a hot topic these days. With the economy continuing to chug along in robust fashion and unemployment approaching historic lows, communities are refining their objectives and priorities to eek every drop of benefit they can from these financially strong times. Nowhere is this focus greater than with “quality of place,” As cities and states think about how they can distinguish themselves from their peers, a common starting point is developing a...



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Computer Science, Gaming Collide With 'Hour of Code'

      Elementary school students in the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis are getting an early lesson in coding through the international Hour of Code program. The initiative is designed to give people an introduction to computer science and coding, and Lynn Hodgkin, elementary media coordinator for the district, says it takes a game-centered approach to teaching coding to kids. The students are participating in the Hour of Code at the...

    • St. Vincent Names Manas Regional President

      Julie Manas has been selected to serve as regional president of the St. Vincent North Region, which includes St. Vincent Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Kokomo, Mercy, Randolph and Williamsport hospitals. She has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and most recently comes from Hospital Sisters Health System, Western Wisconsin Division, where she held the role of president and chief executive officer.

    • On-Air

      Find out when and where you can watch and listen to our reports.

    • First Internet Bank to Anchor Big Fishers Project

      Another major development is coming to Fishers. Indianapolis-based Browning Investments has announced plans for a $157 million project in the city's downtown that will include a boutique hotel, as well as residential, office and retail space. Fishers-based First Internet Bancorp (Nasdaq: INBK) will anchor the development by moving its headquarters to a six-story, 168,000-square-foot office building. The project will span the north and south sides of 116th Street and will be...

    • The Heritage Group Founder to be Remembered

      Services are set for noted businessman and philanthropist Fred Fehsenfeld, founder of Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group, who passed away last week at the age of 94. Fehsenfeld, a graduate of Purdue University and decorated World War II veteran, will be remembered Saturday during a Celebration of Life, at The Center on the northwest side of Indianapolis.