Thrive West Central is launching Resilient, a regional plan the organization says will help its communities thrive. The plan was made possible by a $400,000 Economic Development Administration CARES Act grant that Thrive received in August.

Earlier this month, the West Central Indiana Economic Development District rebranded itself to Thrive West Central in an effort to help drive growth in the region.

“Over the course of the next 18 months, we will be collecting data through surveys, engaging with community members and determining next steps for our region,” said Ryan Keller, executive director at Thrive. “This cohesive, collaborative effort will better assist the communities we serve to overcome the impacts caused by COVID-19.”

The organization says it will spend the next several months engaging with stakeholders to get a better idea of the regional challenges and opportunities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The data collection and analysis process will result in a plan that will serve as a guide for communities as they emerge from the pandemic and work to rebuild.

Thrive says it will specifically look to engage with stakeholders and communities in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.