The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have awarded a total of $100,000 to the town of Highland and the city of Vincennes. The funding, made possible through the Place Based Investment Fund, will support park improvement and theatre renovation projects.
Highland will use its $50,000 to fund an expansion of the Highland Town Theatre. The Lake County town says, when complete, the theatre will feature a 332-seat auditorium and a 1,000 square-foot stage that will accommodate a variety of events, movie showings and theatrical performances.
OCRA says Vincennes will use its $50,000 grant to revitalize Kimmel Park, located along the Wabash River. Among the improvements will be the addition of an amphitheater, green space and a boat ramp, along with improved lighting, landscaping, trees and signage. The funding will also support a large stone entrance and removable flood wall.
"I continue to be impressed by the quality of proposals we receive," said Mark Newman, executive director of the IOTD. "The intent of this fund is to reward creativity and resourcefulness. Both communities receiving awards demonstrated those qualities at a very high level. I’m excited to see their proposals put into action. The impact to quality of life and ultimately tourism will be great."
This is the fourth year for the PBIF program, which provides competitive matching grants to support quality of place projects throughout the state. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.