The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is seeking applications for its next Hometown Collaboration Initiative. The program is designed to help develop the next generation of local leaders for communities with 25,000 residents or less.
According to OCRA, the initiative aims to "promote the launch, survival and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs." HCI is operated in partnership with Ball State University and Purdue University.
In a release from OCRA, Executive Director Bill Konyha said, "“By engaging in the HCI process, communities are taking a deliberate step towards ensuring a strong foundation is in place for community and economic development. HCI guides communities to assemble a dynamic team of individuals and strengthen their core capacity which prepares them to move forward with other comprehensive programs including the Stellar Communities Designation Program.”
The office says the application includes six questions concerning the community’s ability to reach out to individuals, groups and organizations that are not typically engaged in community leadership.