INDIANAPOLIS - Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has unveiled the finalists for the 2019 Stellar Communities Program. The four regions selected will receive a planning grant and work with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University on project alignment and continued planning efforts.

Stellar Communities, launched in 2011, is led by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and aims to boost community and economic development and promote local and regional partnerships. 

This year's finalists include:

  • Constellation of Starke: Comprised of Hamlet, Knox, North Judson and Starke County
  • Jay! Region: Comprised of Dunkirk, Portland, Pennville, Redkey and Jay County
  • Marshall County Crossroads: Comprised of Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, Plymouth and Marshall County
  • Safe and Welcome: Comprised of Knightstown, New Castle and Henry County

"Rural Indiana is comprised of so many burgeoning communities, and through this program they can really enhance the quality of life for the Hoosiers who call it home," Crouch said in a news release. "During my travels of the state, it is truly incredible to see what some of the previous designees have done with the investments from the state. I am excited to see what the four regions that were selected unveil during this planning process."

Last year's winners each received a total of $6.5 million from the state with the potential for up to an additional $2 million from other agencies.

The winners of the 2019 Stellar Communities designation will be announced December 5. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.