Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has announced the town of Bremen and Crawford County are the next to join the Hometown Collaboration Initiative. The program aims to help small communities develop new leaders and boost small business.
The program is a partnership among the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute and Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development. The organizations work with the communities to study resident and economic data to develop and improve planning efforts.
Crouch says Bremen and Crawford County’s work with HCI "demonstrates their commitment to improve the capacity of their communities through job growth, engagement of local leaders, as well as a desire to achieve a higher quality of life."
Bremen plans to use HCI to help develop relationships between the government, businesses and residents to create a plan to identify and address issues facing the town. Crawford County leaders say the initiative will allow complete an economic development plan that encompasses the entire county.
Crawford County and Brement are the "Generation 4" HCI Communities. Previous communities include: Auburn, Corydon, Decatur, Lebanon, Logansport, Orange County, Perry County, Pulaski County, Rush County, Seymour, Spencer County and Vermillion County.