The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is accepting applications for the next installment of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative. The program aims to help communities develop a vision for growth.
Bo Beauliu, director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, says the HCI equips communities with the tools, skills and strategies to make quality of life better. Communities with 25,000 people or less can submit an application by July 29.
"By engaging in HCI, we have already seen several communities take those essential next steps in building upon their foundations for locally determined community and economic development opportunities," said Bill Konyha, OCRA executive director. "I would encourage other communities to look into HCI and see how this process can strengthen local capacity, setting up cities and towns to move forward with other impactful OCRA programs and initiatives."
Six semifinalists in the previous installment of the program were announced in December. In January, the city of Auburn, Orange County, Spencer County and Vermillion County were selected to take part in the HCI. In all, 10 communities have received the HCI designation.
The program is a partnership among OCRA, Purdue, and Ball State University. You can find more information on the Hometown Collaboration Initiative by clicking here.