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Corydon Community Forum a Big Success

Posted by Jennifer Helfrich on May 05, 2015, in HCI.

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Community members of Harrison County Indiana gathered as part of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative on April 23 to discuss their ideas on how to make Corydon, Indiana and subsequently, Harrison County a better place to live, work and play. The attendees focused on enhancing their quality of life, transforming their local economy and expanding their leadership pipeline.

The world-café style forum was attended by more than 60 community members and supported by more than ten community development experts from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Purdue University. Forum attendees included county commissioners, school principals, business owners, college students and representatives from minority groups. The local HCI team was extremely pleased with the forum attendance. Lisa Long, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County, was quoted in the Corydon Democrat saying, "We knew how many we were going to have between the facilitators and those who registered online, but I think this showed there was interest beyond the usual players and people we usually see at community events.

During the forums, nine tables of participants studied community input from the results of more than 600 surveys. They also shared thoughts and insights on local strategic plans.

Corydon’s HCI Team consists of more than 20 local residents that meet several times a month. HCI team member Catherine Turcotte from Corydon’s Mainstreet Indiana Program reflected on the forum saying, “WOW! What a great evening! Everyone came to work fired up today about all the new faces and energy in the room last night.” More about Corydon’s community forum can be found in the Corydon Democrat.

The Hometown Collaboration Initiative has six communities participating in its pilot program. Each community will be hosting a world-café style forum, similar to the one that Corydon recently held. The forum times and dates are listed below. If you would like more information to attend a forum in your county, please contact info@indianaHCI.org.

  • May 7, Seymour, Indiana 6:00-8:30 PM
  • May 7, Pulaski County, Indiana 5:30-8:30 PM
  • May 12, Lebanon, Indiana 5:30-8:30 PM
  • May 28, Rush County, Indiana 5:30-8:30 PM
  • June 9, Perry County, Indiana 5:30-8:30 PM