The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has approved Regional Cities Initiative funding for a trail project in Huntington County. The $1 million project will add more than three-quarters of a mile of trails for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as streetscape improvements.

The IEDC has approved $263,390 in funding for the $1.05 million effort.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters calls the Little River Trail project a "game changer" for the city, saying it is the first step in a long-range plan of adding nine miles of trails in nine years. "In speaking with local industry leaders," says Brooks, "the general consensus is that, in order for Huntington to attract next-generation talent, we must invest in the quality of life improvements that people desire."

Northeast Indiana was one of three regions selected to receive funding through the Regional Cities Initiative. The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority’s long-term vision includes more than 70 projects and $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the next 10 years. It’s part of the region’s Road to One Million plan, aiming to grow the 11-county region’s population to one million by 2020.

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