The five finalists in this year’s Stellar Communities Designation Program have completed the final step in the competition. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says each region has submitted its Regional Development Plan in hopes of receiving funding to boost quality-of-life efforts in their communities.
Each RDP is a four-year comprehensive community revitalization strategy which identifies projects, an implementation schedule, cost, funding resources, and the significance of each project to the community, according to OCRA. This year is the first in which communities are competing on a regional basis.
"The respective regions worked diligently together, which was evident in the delivery of each presentation," said Jodi Golden, executive director of OCRA. "I’d like to applaud the hard work, collaboration and commitment from the five finalists this year and I look forward to seeing their plans be put into action."
OCRA says the two regions to receive the Stellar Communities designation will be revealed December 10. The finalist regions for this year’s competition are:
- Health and Heritage – comprised of the city of Greenfield, the town of Fortville and Hancock County
- Eastern Indiana – comprised of the town of Liberty, cities of Richmond, Rushville and Union City, and Randolph County
- Marshall County Crossroads – comprised of the towns of Argos, Bremen, Bourbon, Culver, LaPaz and Plymouth and Marshall County
- Mt. Comfort Road Corridor – comprised of the towns of Cumberland, McCordsville and New Palestine
- New Allen Alliance – comprised of the town of Grabill, Leo-Cedarville and Monroeville and the cities of New Haven and Woodburn and Allen County
You can learn more about each finalist and view their Regional Development Plans by clicking here.