INDIANAPOLIS - Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will Thursday announced this year's winner of the Stellar Communities designation. The program provides funding to help with "transformative quality of place, community and regional improvements."

The Stellar Communities program switched last year from recognizing a single community to regions encompassing multiple communities. Last year's winners each received more than $6.5 million in funding from various state agencies.

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

Inside INdiana Business will have more on the winning region in Thursday afternoon's INside Edge e-newsletter.