Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community Affairs (OCRA) announced on January 18, 2017 that the Town of Bremen, as well as Craford County have been welcomed into the Indiana Hometown Collaboration Initiative. To date, fourteen communities across the State of Indiana have joined this community capacity-building initiative. "Our recent site visits with local leaders and residents from Crawford County and the Town of Bremen made it clear that both places are committed to moving their hometowns to the next level of excellence," said Bo Beaulieu, Purdue Center for Regional Development Director and Extension Community Development Program Assistant Director. "We are excited about working in partnership with these two new sites in helping them achieve their community-driven goals."
This initiative is toward energizing self-identified communities of 25,000 or fewer people who aim to develop a new generation of local leaders; promote the launch, survival and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs; or invest in place through community design, public space developments, local foods, or other quality of life initiatives.
The Purdue Center for Regional Development is partnered with Ball State’s Indiana Community Institute and OCRA to implement this community capacity building initiative. Also collaborating in as an HCI initiative partner is Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute.