Given the increased competitiveness within economic development, a regionalism trend has evolved as a popular strategy across the US. Indiana is joining the cutting edge and incorporating regionalism into one of our most successful programs: the Stellar Communities Program. Beginning in January 2018, the program evolved into to a regional partnership design. A minimum of two or more communities are encouraged to partner to create a self-selected region. Population divisions are no longer a program component.
Any incorporated Indiana community of any size that are not entitled to direct Community Development Block Grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are eligible to apply. Through annual designation, the Stellar Communities Program provides resources for transformative quality of place, community and regional improvements by:
Fostering regional collaborative behaviors and investment;
Stemming the tide of non-metropolitan population loss through talent attraction and retention;
Building capacity with municipal governance; and
Leveraging quality of places through comprehensive and transformative planning processes building on current assets.
Find out more about the Stellar Communities Program
For assistance with the application, contact us.