Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs are celebrating more than 70 rural communities. OCRA says the communities are receiving recognition for how they "collaboratively shaped and executed their vision for their communities in 2018."
Crouch says more than $41 million was provided by local communities and combined with $22 million from OCRA. The funds were used to complete a variety of quality of place improvements, such as water system enhancements, new public facilities, revitalizing main streets, restoring historic buildings and enhancing downtowns.
"By working together, these communities provided unique and impressive changes to their local parks, walkways, main streets and economic developments," Crouch said in a news release. "In partnership with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, local leaders were able to utilize state funding to incorporate the plans to further their community development."
Each community was honored Wednesday as part of OCRA’s 2018 awards ceremony at the Statehouse. The event also marked the office’s 13th anniversary.
You can view the full list of recipients below: